In celebration of Earth Day an article in America Magazine, “Top Ten Takeaways from ‘Laudato Si”, reminds us that Pope Francis’ revolutionary new encyclical calls for a “broad cultural revolution” to confront the environmental crisis. “Laudato Si” is also quite lengthy. Can it be summarized? In other words, what are the main messages, or “takeaways” of this […]
Easter: Our Resurrection Faith Over the years, former Superior General Robert Maloney wrote often of Lent and Easter. This video presentation (click on the graphic) is based on two presentations from this collection. …like Mary the Mother of Jesus, focus on the word made flesh. He still lives among us, especially in the person of […]
Shijo Kanjirathamkunnel, CM, Southern Indian Province, International mission, Alaska reflects on “Vincentian Charism; Reflections on the occasion of the 400th Anniversary of our Charism” Introduction Reflecting and living the charism of each institute is an unavoidable element in each age. It is very significant to celebrate it when it is a milestone in the history of the […]
One’s Personal Plans vs. God’s Plans – Vincent de Paul’s Vocation
In our Vincentian work for and with the poor, it becomes necessary to be aware of their personal, physical security.
Mizael Donizetti Poggioli, CM reminds us of the events at Châtillon – July 1617 In July 1617, Vincent de Paul became pastor in the little village of Châtillon-les-Dombes. Three weeks later, on Sunday, August 20th, 1617, as Vincent was preparing to celebrate Mass, a woman approached him and told him that there was a family, […]
Pope Francis wakes us up to the Bible as a “dangerous book”. Vincent – “a walking gospel”
Vincent de Paul stated: if there are any among us who think they are in the Mission to evangelize poor people but not alleviate their sufferings, to take care of their spiritual needs but not their temporal ones, I reply that we have to help then and have them assisted in every way.
In this second reflection on “Waking up to God with Francis and Vincent,” we are reminded that on Ash Wednesday we were basically told two things 1. “Repent” (change your way of thinking) 2. “believe the gospel” (live according to this new way of thinking.) Pope Francis uses the story of Lazarus to explain this invitation more […]
[T]he Common Rules and the Constitutions will become the base and source of all the reﬂections in the Advent and Lenten letters, as well as the letter for the feast of our Founder, in the following six years, leading to our next General Assembly in 2022.