Year of Mercy

Mercy on the Go: Mobile Confessional

Inspired by the Year of Mercy and answering Pope Francis' call to concentrate on the Sacrament of Reconciliation and meet those in need where they are, the Diocese of Lafayette Louisiana converted a donated ambulance into a mobile confessional. It first rolled out on...

Pope Francis’ “Misericordia et Misera” and our Vincentian Life

Misericordia et Misera is the title of the new apostolic letter of Pope Francis, presented on November 21. The letter begins with a profound reflection on two evangelical texts that speak of God's mercy: the encounter of Jesus and the adulteress (Jn 8:1-11) and the...

How am I Doing Living the Works of Mercy?

A famous New York mayor made this question his trademark... "How am I doing?" It is also the Vincentian Question as we draw near to the end of the Year of Mercy. November 20, 2016 will mark the formal end of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Pope Francis began the year with...

Mercy and the Spirit of St. Vincent de Paul

The Church’s Year of Mercy will draw to a close on November 20… about 1 month to go. As Vincentians we are constantly learning how to be vessels of God’s mercy for others.

Difficult words about mercy

Difficult words about mercy

As religious communities struggle to make sense of violence and killings at home and abroad, clergy members deliver difficult words about mercy and ‘the holiness of all.’ Many famvin visitors, especially among the Ladies of Charity USA, recognize Fr. Richard Gielow,...

Mater Dolorosa: Keeping Company with Mary near the Cross

Justice and Mercy on the Way to Love

In the previous meditation, we embarked on an exploration of the somewhat tense if not actually tortured relationship between mercy and justice.  We also highlighted the various “station stops” we would make along the way.  This first such “station stop” simply seeks...