Where do we find our identity: in nation, culture, class, race, gender — or first and foremost in God and a new and international community of God’s people?
Mindwalk: Latest posts and thoughts…
Is the Church like a closet where we wistfully keep things from the past, a dreary chamber filled only with us, our problems and our disappointments? Then it will be impossible to recognize God’s silent and unassuming presence.
“The most powerful person in the world is the storyteller. The storyteller sets the vision, values and agenda of an entire generation that is to come.”— Steve Jobs.
What stories Mary could have told! She could have shared much about Jesus that you and I need to hear today… and what we as a Church need to hear.
Pentecost – Event or Process? As we celebrate the event, we should never lose sight of Pentecost as an ongoing process in our lives.
The Holy Spirit looks at individuals (nouns) before looking at their mistakes (adjectives)… The Spirituality of “Nouns and Adjectives”.
People experiencing poverty have an expertise that can not be taught in a classroom. They know their situation from the inside. They understand many dimensions of poverty that may not occur to us.
“Slow listening” allows us to see a world we don’t know, to understand experiences we haven’t had, to reframe or drop a belief long held. It creates distinctions, and it is from these distinctions that we create new possibilities.
“All of us are responsible for the communications we make, for the information we share, for the control that we can exert over fake news by exposing it. All of us are to be witnesses of the truth: to go, to see and to share.” Pope Francis
The question “Why are you looking at the sky?” is addressed to us today. Today, we are those dazed apostles looking up rather than within and around ourselves.
“… create a Family that looks to the past for inspiration, but is also eager to create a vibrant innovative collaborative future in the service of the most abandoned.” Fr. Robert Maloney, CM
Leaders of 97 branches of the Vincentian Family gathered. They represented over 2 million people bringing “good news” to countless millions in 156 countries. One could see the blooming of the Vincentian Family.
“The Congregation is not now what it once was; nor is it what it will be.” Some 400 years later Greg Gay, his 23rd successor, adapted these words. “The world is not now what it once was, nor is it what it will be.” Today we can say “The parish is not now what it once was, nor is it what it will be.”