vincentian spirituality

The Power For Oneness (1 Cor 12: 12-13)

The motto on the great seal of the United States is the Latin “E Pluribus Unum.” It’s translated: “Out of the Many, One.”

Hearing the Voice (John 10:11-18)

I think people would worry if someone accused them of “hearing voices.” But the truth of the matter is that during each week, any number of voices are directed at us.

Indwelling (John 14:21-26)

The Lord Jesus grew up in an agricultural setting, and so it’s no surprise that He draws on images that run through that world.

The Shining Gaze (Ps 4:7a; Lk 24:36-80)

A favorite verse, Psalm 4, reads: “Lord, let your face shine upon us.” It summons up a very warm and private kind of experience that each of us in our own way can recognize.

The Big Hearted (Micah 6:6-8; Rev 14:13; Lk 8:4-15)

Badgering God

Badgering God (Mt 15: 21-28) Recently I came across an interesting take on this incident of the Canaanite woman not letting Jesus up in an argument. I read their interchange as “badgering God for the future.” From many indications it’s clear that in their time, both...

The Big Hearted (Micah 6:6-8; Rev 14:13; Lk 8:4-15)

Formation’s Scratchy Side

Formation’s Scratchy Side (Isaiah 66:18-21; Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13) All of us entering this Vincentian Family have to go through what is known as “formation.” Formation: people being formed, shaped, molded – maybe better, being re-molded, re-shaped, and maybe even...

The Big Hearted (Micah 6:6-8; Rev 14:13; Lk 8:4-15)

“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 Big Hearted (Micah 6:6-8; Rev 14:13; Lk 8:4-15)

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...

The Big Hearted (Micah 6:6-8; Rev 14:13; Lk 8:4-15)

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...

The Big Hearted (Micah 6:6-8; Rev 14:13; Lk 8:4-15)

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...

The Big Hearted (Micah 6:6-8; Rev 14:13; Lk 8:4-15)

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...