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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...

Pray Without Ceasing

Sacred scripture tells us to pray without ceasing. In fact St Paul tells us specifically in his first letter to the Thessalonians (5:16-18) to “ Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

The Rule...



The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is a lay Catholic organization whose mission is:

To live the Gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice and joy.


The Mission of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul implies...

A Thanksgiving Prayer

God of all blessings, source of all life, giver of all grace:

We thank you for the gift of life, for the breath that sustains us, for the food of this earth which sustains us, for the life giving love of family and friends.

We thank you for the mystery of creation, for the...

Are you afraid of our world?

This year I’ve decided to spend a couple of months travelling - I was so excited. Around November I was telling my family and friends of my future travels and how much I was looking forward to it but somehow there would always be a point in the conversation where they...

In this year 2017, a most special period of time begins on April 16 and finishes on June 4. The first date is Easter and the second is Pentecost. That period of fifty days is the time the Church takes to properly celebrate the prime importance of the Resurrected Christ.

An evident sign of the period...

Lent 2017: Chance of a Lifetime


When we look at the long tradition of Lent, we see that it offers us three great ideas: prayer, penance and alms-giving.

Every Christian is asked to see how these ideas can be better integrated in his or her life. My suggestion is the we first look at the concept of...


How times, culture, bigotry, prejudice and religious animosity have changed in my lifetime... a personal reflection. 

I grew up in a strongly Catholic family, a mixture of two periods of religious persecution: Catholic emancipation, permission to practice your faith openly only emerged in the mid 1800's in England.  In Ireland it was more of an economic persecution of Catholics resulting from an English protestant invasion which drove Catholics from their homesteads into abject poverty.


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