vincentian spirituality

A Faith Dynamic (Matthew 18:19-20)

“Listen and Respond.” If there ever were a pair of words to stir up action, these are the ones.

A Very Personal Question (Matthew 16:13-20)

To get at a pivotal question in Matthew’s 23rd chapter, consider the distinction between two types of answers, one standard and the other personal.

Prayer Visuals (I Kings: 19; Matthew: 14)

The Scriptures are filled with striking visuals for our lives of faith, and in particular for our lives of prayer. One is in chapter 19 of the Book of Kings, up on the mountain with the Prophet Elijah who is fleeing from the threats of Jezebel and her husband King...

Marian Spirituality and the Vincentian Charism

With the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary approaching, please enjoy this presentation based on the articles Marian Spirituality and the Vincentian Charism by Corpus Delgado, C.M., and The Blessed Virgin Mary in the Spiritual Experience of Saint...
In The Boat (Mark 4:35-41)

Gospel Stretching: Wideness

Gospel Stretching (Mark 6:1-6)  There’s a wideness in God’s mercy, like the wideness of the Sea.  So begins the famous hymn written by Frederick Faber two centuries ago. Freeing and refreshing and life-giving and promising as it sounds, wideness can...

In The Boat (Mark 4:35-41)

Talk, Speech, Deed

Talk, Speech, Deed (1 Cor 2: 1-5) In one of the many commentaries on the quality of the rhetoric in the recent campaign, I came across a distinction I had never thought of – the difference between talk and speech. Talk, whatever comes to you on the spot, or from off...

In The Boat (Mark 4:35-41)

Repenting From Fear to Trust 

       Repenting From Fear to Trust (Matthew 4: 17) In Matthew’s fourth chapter we come across what you might call the very first word in Jesus' very first sermon, Repent! Which means at base “to turn around.” And so the gospel, “From that time on, Jesus began to...

In The Boat (Mark 4:35-41)

A Family Gift: Practical Integrity

A Family Gift: Practical Integrity (Mk 3:1-6) If you were hired as the Public Relations director for the Jerusalem Pharisees and Scribes mentioned in Mark, you wouldn’t want this section of the gospel to get too much circulation. In their confrontations with Jesus,...

In The Boat (Mark 4:35-41)

Heavenly Gaze

A scene setter. You’re out in the cold night fields, keeping close watch over your flock. And suddenly this light is shining at you and all around you. From out of this radiance a voice of an angel sings out news about the infant in swaddling clothes lying in a...

In The Boat (Mark 4:35-41)

Sensing Grace

Sensing Grace (Lk: 1:26-38) The angel Gabriel reveals to Mary that she’s “full of grace.” And so the question, what is this “grace” that Mary is filled with? There are few better answers to be had than the one in the five words that follow. “The Lord is with you!”...

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