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.

Facing Mercy

Facing Mercy

Facing Mercy: In the Reign of God’s Mercy There Are No Anonymous Faces in Crowds Writers often acknowledge the importance of opening words and lines.  Images grab; words beckon; tones compel; and even official church documents capitalize on this dynamic.  Church...

December 2015 JMV Bulletin

December 2015 JMV Bulletin

From the December 2015 JMV Bulletin To be merciful as the Father is merciful. Those words summarize the invitation of Pope Francis during this Holy Year of Mercy, an invitation to be witnesses of mercy. Mercy arises from a feeling of compassion that is awakened in...

Vincentians and Holy Doors

Vincentians and Holy Doors

Vincentians and Holy Doors! It can be fascinating to sit watching people pass through public doors. How many times will a person hold the door for someone following them? At times, it seems that in the hustle of life holding doors for others is becoming an abandoned...

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