Here is the take of  Bea Garza, South Central SVDP Region Formation Committee… “… as in the past, we seek transformation to a better way of practicing and delivering our services. One approach, to be introduced in 2011, is the systemic change approach. We’re all familiar with the changing of systems, but how does this apply to Vincentians? Our national office has proposed that we take advantage of the larger Vincentian family and systems outside our conferences to address problems in our society at the root cause. This way of operating is not new, but it is different from what some of us practice.

“The book, “Seeds of Hope, Stories of Systemic Change”, by Robert P. Maloney, C.M., is available through the national catalogue and serves as a good introduction to how this approach comes together for Vincentians.  Our wish is that each Council identify a lead formator that can become familiar with this approach in 2011 so that formation can take place.  Happy New Year to all members, and may your formation bring you to a closer walk with St. Vincent de Paul.”

See also the reflection by Sr. Joan Pytlik, DC “Must we fall off our horses?”. Both reflections are in their regional January 2010 Newsletter-Fall off Horse

Further Reflections…

It’s not too soon to think about Lent.

“Conversion” or metanoia comes from the Greek root “change your way of thinking”.

How do you intend to renew yourself during Lent?

Is their room in your thinking for a change in the way of thinking about how to serve those in need?

What did Frederic mean when he wrote ““Charity is the Samaritan who pours oil on the wounds of the traveller who has been attacked. It is justice’s role to prevent the attacks.”

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