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Hope and Faith

Now more than ever, our personal faith is the lifeline that carries us from day to day. This time in history brings us to cling to the teachings of Christ and, as Vincentians, to the actions of Frédéric Ozanam.

Faith, Hope and Charity are the guiding principles of our catholic faith...

On Connecting Faith to Life as an Easter Church

“We Christians have not thoroughly assimilated ourselves to Jesus Christ. We divorce faith from life (we content ourselves with preaching the faith or celebrating it liturgically, but we do not put love and justice into practice). An Easter church...

Message Concerning The Pandemic

Along with all the directives and information that have already been sent out by our Vincentian leadership, and on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the martyrdom of St. Oscar Romero, I would like to add a brief reflection on this present Corona virus Covid-...

LENT BEGINS WITH A VINCENTIAN TOUCH

Reflection by Archbishop Emeritus Sylvain Lavoie OMI – March 2020

The readings for the first day of the first week of Lent (Leviticus 19:1-18 and Matthew 25:31-46), should warm the hearts of all Vincentians, as they validate our efforts, first of all to be holy...

Broken Vessels

An elderly woman had two large pots. Each hung on the ends of a pole, which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walk from the stream to the house, the...

A reflection on Vincentian motivation and process

In Mathew 25, we read that the righteous will possess eternal life because they have “fed the hungry, given drinks to the thirsty, received the stranger, clothed the naked, cared for the sick and visited the prisoners”. As we know, Vincentians, as...

BEYOND THE TINSEL: UNWRAPPING THE MEANING OF ADVENT

The request to write this, my first Advent reflection for the web as a new national chaplain, posed a challenge - how to best capture the spirit of Advent?

Four key words came to mind: Advent is a time of “expectant hope” and “joyful preparation...

 THE DESERT

There are many times in the Bible when someone goes into the desert.  Moses, Elijah, even Jesus himself prepared for his public ministry by going alone into the desert.  The man who announced Jesus also spent time in the desert, preparing for his life’s work:

When John the Baptizer made his...

Seeking the face of God

This summer, I participated to the dedication of a building located at 425, Legendre St. West, in Montreal. Dedicated to the humble exercise of turning to God, the building is an invitation to pray Him extensively and to seek His presence through our past, present and future...

You Are Called

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees have sat down on the chair of Moses. So you shall do and observe all they say, but do not do as they do, for they do not do what they say. They tie up heavy burdens and load them on the...

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