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“Hope and renewal are sorely needed in today’s world. The realities of war, violence, poverty, hunger, and injustice all plague us as we live out the Vincentian charism. However, they are not “problems to be solved” but points of entry into solidarity with the human family. Advent awakens and renews our hearts in hope with Christ, our way, truth, and life.”
ADVENT 2013 “…and a little child shall guide them.” Is. 11:6
To all members of the Vincentian Family:
May the grace and peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ fill your hearts now and forever!
This year, 2013, has been one of milestones. We celebrated the “Year of Faith” which coincided with the 50th anniversary of the start of the Second Vatican Council. This was also the year of “the two popes”, giving us two unlikely events not seen for centuries: the resignation of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and the election of a non-European, Pope Francis.
In his circular letter on the feast of the Miraculous Medal Fr. Gregory Gay, CM writes…
Dear members of the Vincentian Family
A short time ago I received a letter from a Daughter of Charity who wanted to share with me her thoughts with regard to the manner in which we, as a Vincentian Family, might respond to Pope Francis’ call to pray for peace in Syria and for peace throughout the world … doing this through means of our historical heritage, the Miraculous Medal. As I read her letter I felt that the Holy Spirit was touching my heart. I asked this Sister to do some further thinking and to develop her idea and to send it to me so that I could share it with the other members of the Vincentian Family on the occasion of the feast of the Miraculous Medal. In this letter you will find her idea that I whole-heartedly support and that I recommend to you for your reflection and practical application.
Homily on the Feast of Christ the King given by Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, England.
I thank Fr. Phillip, the other clergy and ministers, the LMS and Schola Gregoriana, and all of you for coming here today to celebrate this High Mass on the feast in the Traditional Calendar of Christ the King. As the bishop, I\'m happy to encourage, where there is a wish, the celebration of the Roman Rite in the Extraordinary Form, and more, to ensure that across the Diocese of Portsmouth celebrations in Latin of the Novus Ordo, ideally with plainchant, find a rightful place within the uplifting diversity of our diocesan liturgy. When Mass is celebrated in Latin, it is a splendid reminder of the catholicity or universality of the Church across space and time, that we all, past, present and future, belong to one great family, the People of God. Latin, with its poetry, majesty and economy, is, along with Greek and Hebrew, a sacred language, that is, a sacramental that places us before God\'s Transcendence, and this is a vital corrective to the modern stress on immanence, with the danger of reducing God to a warm feeling within.
Learning the Vincentian spirit at home and passing it on in your own home. That’s the story of the Vincentian tradition in Jeanne Harper’s life as written up in the Green Bay Wisconsin Diocesan paper “The Catholic Compass”.
“A framed print of the poem “Children Learn What They Live” is fittingly displayed in Jeanne Harper’s home. Harper learned the value of service from her parents while growing up in Coleman.
“My mother had a list of all the lonely people at Christmas,” she said. “She didn’t want anyone alone at Christmas, so we would visit and sing Christmas carols outside the door. Helping others has always been a part of my life. You couldn’t just be a Christian on Sunday, not in that house.”
Introducing a six-volume series that tells the story of the Congregation of the Mission; Vincentian priests and brothers who have worked to improve others’ spiritual and material welfare for almost four centuries. For the first time, modern readers have a thoroughly-researched history based on original documents and the studies of numerous scholars, past and present.
“Prayer without growing weary.” This was the central theme of the Holy Father’s address prior to the recitation of the Angelus to the thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday. Pope Francis commented on Sunday’s Gospel which recalled the parable of the widow who pleads for and is granted justice by a dishonest judge. “Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night?” Christ says in the Gospel. This response, the Holy Father noted is a very strong expression. “To cry out day and night to the Lord! This is a striking image of prayer. But we might ask, why does God want this. Doesn\'t He already know our needs? What does it mean to insist with God?”
Pope Francis warned against the hypocrisy of thinking one is saved by pious works during his homily at morning Mass today at Casa Santa Marta. This attitude of \"perfect piety\" risks for one to look for their own salvation but not for the care of the poor. The Holy Father referred to this hypocrisy as the “Jonah syndrome”, referring to the sign of Jonah that Christ speaks of in the Gospel. The Gospel of Luke, which recounted Christ’s warning to the “wicked generation”, a term he said that is very strong. “This, however, does not refer to the people who followed Him with so much love,” the Pope explained, “but to the doctors of the law who tried to test Him and make Him fall in their trap.”
They all paid with their lives! On October 13, Pope Francis will beatify 27 Daughters of Charity and one of their lay collaborators who were martyred during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39)
Children in schools throughout Tipperary are going hungry every day because of a food poverty crisis according to a leading St.Vincent de Paul officer. Kieran Stafford, national vice president of St.Vincent de Paul, said food poverty was one of the biggest issues they had to deal with.
In the first consistory that he has convened, Pope Francis has announced that the canonization of Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII will be held on Sunday, April 27th, 2014 in Rome.