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Acts of the Apostles 4, 32-35: The Believers Share Their Possessions

“All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to...

A Lenten proposal

During my term as Spiritual Advisor for BC/Yukon, and subsequent attendance, participation, and presentations at the Regional and National AGA's and Retreats, I have become very aware that we Vincentians are showing signs of aging, with all the problems that accompany old age. Our...

The Rich Man Mk 10: 17, 19-20, 21b-25

You don’t have to be on the Forbes list of billionaires, 2,208 worldwide 39 in Canada, to be considered rich in God’s eyes. If we look deeply we can probably all identify some similarities in our own life to that of the rich man and his treasures? Things that we...

Poor in spirit

Jesus says that “blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” Mathew 5:3, there can be a number of different interpretations of this truth. I recently learned of one perspective, which I think worthwhile to share in the context of our Vincentian spirit and...

In this year’s Advent letter, Fr. Tomaž Mavrič, CM, 24th successor of St. Vincent, invites us to delve into the example of St. Vincent de Paul, addressing one of the main sources in which Vincent drank as a mystic of Charity, the daily prayer: “He urged all the groups that he founded or with which...

Tend the Flame

My wife and I are privileged to spend a good portion of our summers on Manitoulin Island, and a big part of that experience is the friendship and camaraderie shared around a campfire.

Each evening people take turns hosting the fire and everyone is invited. Stories and memories are...

We Are Resurrection

This reflection is inspired by the editorial that Mr. M. Stéfan Thériault, Director of the Le Pèlerin centre, revolving around Saint Joseph Oratory, published in the monthly newsletter, Pèlerin en bref, last April. About the scene of the resurrection of Lazarus (Jn 11, 1-43), he...

God’s Providence

On August 22, the Gospel reading at Mass was the story of the landowner who hires workers throughout the day for work in his vineyard. The last batch of labourers only work one hour. When the time comes to pay the workers, everybody receive the same amount, the one-hour workers as...

Communicating Christ

‘Christian Communicators’ is a topic that might sound relatively new to many Vincentians.  In today’s age of world-wide mass communications we think of it as something electronic and media driven, which it is.  But it is as old as our Faith.

Pope Francis addressed a group of...

Provident, loving God, protect and defend me in my weakness and guide me with your light.

Sometimes, as servants of Christ in our ministry of working with the poor, the homeless and the unfortunate, we become worried because we are running low on supplies. When the pantry is empty, it is good news...

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