About the Series
St. Vincent de Paul encouraged five particular traits in his comrades: simplicity, meekness, mortification, humility and zeal. Come discover the stories of these virtues and how they are alive in the daily experiences of those around us. Throughout the 40 days of Lent, a new story will be posted daily. See how the everyday practices of being honest, approachable, self-disciplined, realistic and hardworking, in the spirit of St. Vincent, can transform your own life and the lives of others.
Much to my surprise, Pope Francis seemed to comment on yesterday’s Mindwalk.
Of course, I know he never read it … but his reflection today certainly fit!
See if you agree with his comments on “Blessed are the poor in Spirit.”
In his first major sermon, Jesus names a group of people normally thought to be unfortunate and of no account. He pronounces them “blessed.” Jesus flips the script to show how different his mission was from what people expected.
The Church has its own kind of influencers.
I think of the “Saints next door” or “ordinary saints whose way of living is contagious. The way they live has great impact over people’s lives.
God shared the gift of imagination with us.
Today I ask you imagine where you might expect Jesus would begin his mission and who would he choose?
Imagine that! Many have done just that… and changed their world.
Let’s look at God’s imagination and the imagination of St. Vincent de Paul.
Pope Francis believes the Bible is a highly dangerous book—so dangerous that is treated in some countries as if one were hiding a hand grenade in their closet.
The Jerusalem headhunters would not have been very interested in Jesus’ leadership team. They liked the way rabbis were picked from among the most promising in their schools.
Yet his choices were key in spreading his message.
My parents had a dream! Their dream of a better life kept them going.
Martin Luther King also had a dream that kept him going.
In this Mindwalk I explore how God’s dream should keep us going.
Even at 85 I was her “little brother” in our last phone call.
Here is my Mindwalk saying goodbye at the Eucharist celebrating her Resurrection.