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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...

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...


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