This Labor Day I found myself thinking more up close and personal. I am thinking about our co-workers in ministry and those we live with.
Vincent’s life lessons
The Day St. Vincent Shifted from Retail to Wholesale
by John Freund, CM | Aug 24, 2018 | Formation, Systemic change
Four hundred years later the story St. Vincent’s sermon at Chattilon is still being told. But it is a story with even wider implications. The story of that sermon at Chatillon is the foundation story for what we call today systemic change.
The Pressures of Financing Ministry!
by John Freund, CM | Aug 17, 2018 | Formation, Reflections
Just about any ministry requires financing to some degree. What can St. Vincent and St. Paul teach us?
St. Vincent and St. Louise – Ideal Collaborators?
by John Freund, CM | Aug 3, 2018 | Formation, Reflections
St. Vincent and St. Louise - Ideal Collaborators? J. Patrick Murphy reminds us in his booklet Mr. Vincent of the collaboration of two exceptional people – Vincent and Louise. In Louise de Marillac Vincent found the perfect partner to build his business model and bring...
Some People Never Pay Attention to Their Experiences
by John Freund, CM | Jul 27, 2018 | Formation, Reflections
Vincent looked for and discovered new ways of serving because he was an active contemplative. He stepped back from daily details to look at them through God’s eyes. He became one of the most creative forces of his time.
Yes, You Can Be a Difference Maker
by John Freund, CM | Jul 20, 2018 | Formation, Reflections
You don’t have to have a glamorous job. Anyone can be a difference maker.
Send the Elevator Back Down
by John Freund, CM | Jul 13, 2018 | Formation, Reflections
Is sending the elevator back down enough? Thoughts on accompaniment.
Do Vincentians Really Have the Smell of the Sheep?
by John Freund, CM | Jul 6, 2018 | Formation, Reflections
The first time Pope Francis caught our attention with the image of the “smell of the sheep” was a mere two weeks after he became Pope.
Does the Daily News Overwhelm You?
by John Freund, CM | Jun 29, 2018 | Formation, Reflections
We might not be able to accomplish as much as St. Vincent. But we can all do the next right thing… realizing something must be done and asking the Vincentian Question, WHAT MUST I DO?
Vincent Was a Life-Long Learner
by John Freund, CM | Jun 22, 2018 | Formation, Reflections
Vincent was a life-long learner. Vincent didn’t just happen. Vincent spent his lifetime waking up to the demands of the Gospel and the needs of those who were poor. I am reminded of the monk Bede Griffiths, a life-long learner, who said in the 81st year of his life...
There Must Be a Path Here…
by John Freund, CM | Jun 15, 2018 | Formation, Reflections
Are there any events that in retrospect changed your life? Have there been times when you realized how much good came out of something that seemed so bad at the time?
Questions, Questions, Questions… the Most Important Question
by John Freund, CM | Jun 8, 2018 | Formation, Reflections
Knowing that something must be done and being brave enough to ask ourselves, “What must I do?” is to know “What would Vincent do?”