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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.

A Surprise Gift From Pope Francis

A Surprise Gift From Pope Francis

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.”

Jesus Flips the Religious and Cultural Script

Jesus Flips the Religious and Cultural Script

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.

Are You a “Quiet Influencer”?

Are You a “Quiet Influencer”?

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.

Where Would You Begin?

Where Would You Begin?

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!

Imagine That!

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.

God’s Record as a Recruiter

God’s Record as a Recruiter

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.

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