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.
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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.
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?
“Tell me your friends, and I will tell you who you are.” In this Vincentian Mindwalk I offer a way of understanding Pope Francis through how and for whom he prays.
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?
In our polarized world, everybody wants to change our way of thinking. Does God also want us to change? What change of thinking is God asking… and how would it change how we live?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.