vincentian spirituality

Never Alone (John 11:1-45)

One of the heaviest of feelings is the one of being alone. You hear it in the cry of an infant, and more generally you catch it in the forlorn look of any lonely person.

Seeing What’s There (John 9:39)

How many times have you heard people use the phrase, “I finally woke up?”

Struggles at a Well (John 4:5-42)

Some of the traits which come out in the Samaritan woman as she interacts with Jesus at the noonday well could paint her as a hard-hearted and difficult lady.

Higher (Matthew 5:38-48)

There’s a phrase from  the sports world, “setting a high bar.” It means raising the height of the jump just beyond the mark the athlete think he can clear.

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...

The Faces of God

The Faces of God

The Faces of God        John 8:14 I once came across a psychological test aiming to measure a person’s trust in life or fear of it, life understood in its most general sense as existence or reality.  It was getting at the question, “Down at your instinctual level, do...

Not Just Interesting, But Moving

“Not Just Interesting, But Moving”           (Exodus 3; Psalm 103) There’s a difference between things that are interesting and things that are intriguing, between things which make us curious and things which actually move us. I can pick up a score of a symphony and...

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