Mindwalk: Latest posts and thoughts…

What makes Catholic marriages different?

I wonder how many people in Catholic marriages are aware of National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14) and World Marriage Day (Sunday, Feb. 12). It would be interesting to know how many parishes have planned anything to celebrate this week. But the most interesting question...

Longing for Belonging … Parish Possibilities

For the month of February 2023, Pope Francis asks people to join with him to pray that parishes be more open communities.

That got me thinking about our longing for belonging and the possibilities of parishes.

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.”

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.

How do you handle conflict? An Examination of Conscience.

How do you handle conflict? An Examination of Conscience.

A simple fact of life. We don’t always agree… especially on things that are important to us.

A painful fact of life. Disagreements and conflicts can get out of hand.

But, there is another fact of life. We can and should learn from disagreements.

How can disagreements and conflicts be a learning experience?

Any Difference Between St. Peter and Pope Francis?

Any Difference Between St. Peter and Pope Francis?

There is deep polarization in the church today. But many do not realize the deep polarization that existed in the Church 2000 years ago. In both eras, we see the eternal struggle for balance between two necessary poles – what is of value in the past and the need to adapt to new situations. How St. Peter then and Pope Francis now try to discover the core truth in apparently conflicting positions. What can we learn from how these two shepherds faced division then and now?

Your Mission As God’s Storyteller

Your Mission As God’s Storyteller

Pope Francis writes movingly that we are not only God’s story but that we must also be God’s storytellers… that story as lived in us and in our brothers and sisters. Vincentians accept the special vocation to tell God’s story.
It is the mission of Vincentians to focus on sharing stories of the forgotten and marginalized.

Mom, How Long Until Christmas?

Mom, How Long Until Christmas?

As children, Christmas could not come soon enough. Now it comes and goes in a flash.
In this Vincentian Mindwalk I explore what it meant to wait for the Messiah coming then… and now recognizing Jesus who into our lives everyday.

Where Do “Thanks” Go After Thanksgiving Day?

Where Do “Thanks” Go After Thanksgiving Day?

Each Thanksgiving a family spokesperson reminds us of additions to the family, milestones achieved, significant people no longer present. If only momentarily, people are united in giving thanks and saying Amen.
In this Vincentian Mindwalk, I ask what happens to all the ’Thanks” after Thanksgiving Day.

Gratitude for Blessings in Disguise?

Gratitude for Blessings in Disguise?

It’s impossible on the basis of any given experience to accurately assess the true consequence to our lives.

Unless we appreciate the full context of any situation, we can’t know what the result will ultimately be.
Just think of “Good” Friday and Easter Sunday.

“Home for the Holidays”

“Home for the Holidays”

For many of my years, “Home for the Holidays” was in the back of most people’s minds come Thanksgiving and Christmas.
In this Vincentian Mindwalk I reflect on a practice that seems to be non-existent. Going to God’s House to give thanks on Thanksgiving.

RINOs,  DINOs and the Duck Test

RINOs, DINOs and the Duck Test

“If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.” Sometimes it is referred to as “the duck test”.Jesus had his own way of saying it. “By their fruits, you will know them”. As I was thinking about the feast of Christ the King, I wondered how the “duck test” might apply to followers of Christ the King.