vincentian spirituality

Bottom Land (Mt 5:21)

We all know the phrase, “getting to the bottom of it.” It means digging down beneath the outside appearances to the inner core of something

Who’s In/Out? (Mark 3:20-35)

I remember a man complaining that there was too much dissention in his family. He used a memorable phrase to describe their connections: “In a given month, who’s in and who’s out?”

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.

Facing Mercy

Facing Mercy

Facing Mercy: In the Reign of God’s Mercy There Are No Anonymous Faces in Crowds Writers often acknowledge the importance of opening words and lines.  Images grab; words beckon; tones compel; and even official church documents capitalize on this dynamic.  Church...

Hearing The Word in Pressured Times

Hearing The Word in Pressured Times

Hearing The Word in Pressured Times       (Lk. 5:1-11) Here are some things to note in this Gospel about Jesus getting himself involved in a fishing expedition with Peter and his friends. For one thing, there’s Peter’s state of mind. He’s exhausted. All night on the...

Hearing The Word in Pressured Times

Getting in the Spirit

Father Tom McKenna offers the following reflection Getting “In the Spirit”     (Samuel 18; Romans 8) The story of David and Goliath is set inside a larger narrative about the fall of Saul and the rise of David. And the difference between these two is that one, Saul,...

Hearing The Word in Pressured Times

Hannah’s Prayer – Fr. Tom McKenna

Fr. Tom Mckenna offers this reflection on Hannah’s Prayer     (I Samuel 1:9-20) In a talk on the spirituality of the Twelve Steps, the speaker told a story of a woman who was being swept along in a powerful ocean current. She was a swimmer and so at first wasn’t...