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A Vincentian View: Ordinary Time

Our liturgical year has again arrived at its longest season.  After the preparation of Advent draws us into the joyful celebration of Christmas, we move to “ordinary time” until Lent leads us into the Easter Season and Pentecost.

A Vincentian View: Look Inside and Outside

The flow of our celebrations in these weeks invite us to a place in the middle. Two feasts attract our attention and border out reflections.

A Vincentian View: A Message for the Baptist

Are you surprised when John sends some of his disciples to Jesus to ask him who he is?

A Vincentian View: A Vincentian Crèche

An invitation from the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy asked me to create a reflection for their digital Advent + Christmas crèche calendar for 2022

A Vincentian View: “Our” Kids

A Vincentian View: “Our” Kids

Vincentian View: “Our Kids” Founder’s Week (September 20-27) at St. John’s University celebrates St. Vincent de Paul whose spirit rests at the heart of our University.  This year, the theme for our remembrance was “Vincentian Education:  Illuminating minds, creating...

A Vincentian View: The Joy of Being Found

A Vincentian View: The Joy of Being Found

A Vincentian View “The Joy of Being Found” Our Gospel of Sunday, September 11 contains the entire fifteenth chapter of Luke’s Gospel and the three parables therein. The ideas of being “lost” and “found” and “joyful” are central in each story. Listen again to the words...

A Vincentian View: Payback

A Vincentian View: Payback

A Vincentian View “Payback” Imagine a world in which everyone had all that they needed, not too much and never too little.  No one was hungry—there was always enough food.  No one was naked—adequate clothing was available to all.  No one needed shelter—everyone had a...

A Vincentian View: Giving Your Best

A Vincentian View: Giving Your Best

A Vincentian View “Giving Your Best” I have been on vacation for the past two weeks.  I feel fortunate that these were the two weeks of the Olympic Games.  During the first week, I was with my two sisters and my brother’s family in Northboro, MA.  We spent much of the...

A Vincentian View: Listening

A Vincentian View: Listening

A Vincentian View: Fr. Patrick J. Griffin, CM “Listening” Do you set aside books which you say that you are going to read when you get the chance?  I try to do that during the summer.  There are, of course, junk novels which I select for guilty pleasure, but there are...

A Vincentian View: More

A Vincentian View: More

A Vincentian View Fr. Patrick J. Griffin, CM “More” At the center of the Queens’ campus of St. John’s University stands the eleven year old Church of St. Thomas More.  The majority of the funding for the Church came from an alumnus of the Law School, and he also...

A Vincentian View: The Loving Father

A Vincentian View: The Loving Father

In this “Year of Mercy,” a consideration of the lessons which the Father teaches in the parable of “the Prodigal Son” cannot be denied. Sometimes, when I speak to groups of parents about this story, they place blame on the Father.  They say: “He was too lenient and...

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