Joseph, Vincent and Louise, Francis, and many others invite us to think about what is possible as we open our eyes to God’s grace for a different and better world.
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Since Pope Francis declared this the Year of St. Joseph, I have given this figure of our faith some attention. I have invited Joseph into my world and sought his instruction.
In the current time with all our issues, St. Joseph can stand forth to teach us as a just man, as a worker and family man, as an obedient believer, and as a quiet person with an ability to listen.
My friends, the whole story during this holy season invites us to strengthen our faith within our closest community and to express it in the widest world.
This year something different in the Christmas readings captured my prayer and attention. Perhaps it suggests the times and the disposition of my mind and heart.
We can recognize the effort and success that people of good will exert to move us beyond the moment and onto the right track.
Two readings that regularly show up towards the end of the liturgical year capture my imagination.
Right now, healing, hope, and life mix together in my head and heart. They rest firmly within the Gospel message, and find application in our Vincentian charism.
The pleasure of reading Vincentian authors on the meaning of Christ for Vincent, of looking at Vincent’s own writings and preaching, and of studying the events of his life has tendered me a blessing
Scholars generally divide the 23rd Psalm, the so-called Shepherd’s Psalm, into two parts.
In this academic year, St. John’s University, where I minister, celebrates its 150th anniversary.
Have you considered how many of the stories in our NT can be read as half-stories? We might just stop in the middle!