vincentian spirituality

A Divine Bias? (Ps 146; I Cor 1:27-30)

The word “bias” doesn’t have an especially pleasing connotation. It usually means an unfair leaning toward one group and a blindness toward its opposite.

Outbreaks of Glory (Isaiah 49:3)

Every once in a while when reading the Scriptures, something lights up, jumps out into the present time and place.

God Up Close (Mt. 11:2-11)

Something with which most every believer can struggle is the felt nearness of God: how close up do I sense the Divine presence?

Advent Receptivity (Matthew 3:1-12)

One way to hear the Advent Gospel message is to put ourselves in the shoes of all those people walking out to that desert to listen to John the Baptist.

“I Have Seen and So Can Testify To…”

“I Have Seen and So Can Testify To…”

“I have seen and so can testify to…”                  (John 20)       So much of the New Testament is about witnessing.  “We have seen and testified to…the Eternal life that was revealed to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard.” (1 John 1:1-2) In one way...

The Right Focus

The Right Focus

The Right Focus (Matthew 6) I came across an interview with a woman violinist who had just completed a concert and gotten rave reviews for it. The interviewer was asking her how she got to be so good, how she developed this great gift of letting the beauty of the...

You Are Somebody

You Are Somebody

“You Are Somebody…”       (John 15) (Homily at the Farewell Mass for the departing members of the 2015/16 Vincentian Mission Corps, St. Louis) Jesus confides in His disciples today, “I have told you this, that your joy may be complete.” Or to put it another way: “I...

Wonderful News. Blessed Are Those…

Wonderful News. Blessed Are Those…

“Wonderful News.” Blessed Are Those…       Matthew 5 What if we were to take these Beatitude behaviors and attitudes as descriptions of the way things already are in the world, as if we were hearing Jesus giving a kind of analysis of society as it really is? We’d have...

St. Louise: Moving Toward Love

St. Louise: Moving Toward Love

St. Louise: Moving Toward Love (Is. 58: Mt. 25) There’s a famous quote attributed to Mark Twain: When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much...

The Saints as Bibliography

The Saints as Bibliography

The Saints as Bibliography      Acts 4:8 There’s a writer who characterizes the lives of the saints as “bibliographic entries onto the life of the Lord Jesus Christ.” A bibliography: a series of additions to the one story; i.e., variations on how Jesus’ story plays...

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