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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 activities. This is the perspective projected from the parable of Luke 18:9-14 - the Pharisee and the Tax Collector praying separately in the synagogue. 

One tradition that we have let slip is that of the twelve days of Christmas. Of course we are reminded of the matter when we hear the popular Christmas Carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas (more about the song later).

An interesting way of celebrating the twelve days is to make each day correspond to...

The Rich Content of the Advent Season

A young man has become truly acquainted with his girlfriend and decides to propose marriage. Obviously he will not give her a diamond in a little bag but rather properly mounted on a ring. Christmas is the diamond and the Advent season is the setting.

Entrance Procession

Have you ever wondered where the entrance procession at mass actually starts? The procession is meant to mirror the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem or likewise our journey through life as we process thru this world to eternal life. Like most of us, you were taught that the procession starts when the cross-bearer, the lectors, the servers, the deacon with the book of the Gospels and the presiding priest enter into the knave. The entrance procession therefore would begin in the foyer or does it? 

Without love, I am nothing

On behalf of the NCC Spiritual Committee and Vincentians across the country I would like to express our very sincere thanks and gratitude to Maureen MacIsaac for her many years of dedicated service to the Society as the Chair of the NCC Spiritual Committee. Her vast...

A new spiritual reflection is available in the "Spirituality" section - The Priceless Gift:

A short while ago, a friend told me about a priest she had seen on the television who said that when Christ was present in the Eucharist the place is surrounded by angels. It made me remember that a good many...

Msgr. Gregory Smith, keynote speaker at our National Annual General Assembly in Vancouver, gave an inspirational speech.  We invite you to read the script of his speech, by clicking on the pdf document: 

  Msgr Gregory Smith-AGA 2016

We wish to share with you, the text Msgr. Peter Schonenbach, National Spiritual Advisor, wrote for the National Board retreat day, “Reflections on the Jubilee Year of Mercy”.  

  Reflections on the Jubilee Year of Mercy

Have you ever wondered what, and if there is any difference between a non-Christian doing works of charity and a Christian doing the same? Some people would say that there is no difference; the end result may be the same, and if one can believe that compassionate and giving support to the needy is...

Works of Mercy

Pope Francis encourages us to reflect on the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. These works are a straightforward, practical expression of the Father’s mercy.  In this Holy Year, we are invited to choose and exercise one or two of these works, those that we do not normally practice. 


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