Articles for Vincent’s life lessons

Navigating the Realities of the Business World

Many ministries face a challenge navigating the realities of the business world, often described as “the real world.” Vincent knew those challenges well… and was a genius in facing these challenges.

Beyond Unions – Up Close and Personal

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.

The Day St. Vincent Shifted from Retail to Wholesale

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!

Just about any ministry requires financing to some degree. What can St. Vincent and St. Paul teach us?

When am I most the image and likeness of God?

Do Vincentians have the smell of sheep?

Few visitors to the Internet have not read about Pope Francis telling priests to “be shepherds with the smell of sheep." “The priest who seldom goes out of himself … misses out on the best of our people, on what can stir the depths of his priestly heart. … This is...

How can I make a difference?

How can I make a difference?

To be a difference maker don’t let your environment get you down. J. Patrick Murphy writes in one of his mini-reflections on the life of  Mr. Vincent, "France was at war through all of Vincent's life except for the last few months. Beheading for religious dissidents...

There must be a path here…

There must be a path here…

Have you ever wondered about the path you are on? I have often told the story about the time I really made vows some 35 years after I made that commitment the first time. But it is only relatively recently that I made the connection with Vincent’s life. J Patrick...

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