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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...

The Ever-Newness of Easter

To appreciate the full import of Easter, one must make the great effort of imagination to put oneself in the shoes of the apostles. The fact of the Lord’s resurrection is so monumental that it defies normal life happenings. It is the defining point of the Christian Event...

Something New for Lent

In 2015, a World Exposition took place in Milan, Italy on the theme Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life. Caritas, the important Catholic Aid Organization, assisted a group of Chefs, led by Massimo Bottura to establish a refettorio (dining hall) in an abandoned theatre. The...

A reflection at the end of the week of prayer for Christian Unity

The following is taken from a Homily of Pope Francis during Mass at Temuco, Chile, on the 17th January, 2018.

“In the Gospel that we have just heard, Jesus prays to the Father 'that they all be one'

Jn.17:21.  At a crucial time in his...

Spiritual Reflection - January

In our action and result oriented culture, it is easy for us Vincentians to think sometimes that the few hours of Society sponsored work in a week or a month constitutes all that is required of our commitment to the work of charity. After completing a few home visits...

The Role of Christmas in 2017

At the beginning of November, I received in the mail four very different catalogues dedicated to Christmas decorations and gifts. Without doubt, Christmas is a great occasion for commerce. By no means is this all bad; indeed, there are many redeeming factors involved...

The Wonderful Time of Advent

1957 saw the publication of the English translation of the German opus by Dr. Pius Parsch, The Church’s Year of Grace. This work was one of the foundation stones that enabled the liturgical enterprise of Vatican II Council. To give a flavour of the work, here follows a...

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