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Should You Rethink How You Think?

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?

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?

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.

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.

Could Jesus Be In the Details?

Could Jesus Be In the Details?

Jesus in the details! Did you do a double take?“ Isn’t it “the devil is in the details”! In this Vincentian Mindwalk let’s explore the implications of Jesus’ attention to details.

This Train Is Bound For Glory

This Train Is Bound For Glory

I lived with a Vincentian priest who was a railroad buff. I think of him today under two headings – his love of riding trains and his scrapbook of memories of his rides. I also think of Mary’s scrapbook of memories riding the glory train.

Jesus and the Culture Wars of Today

Jesus and the Culture Wars of Today

Do you really think “culture wars” are new? Far from it! Jesus lived in the midst of culture wars! The Acts of the Apostles are a record of how first-century Christians coped with their own culture wars

In this Vincentian Mindwalk I invite you to look at the realities of those days. Jesus’ response should challenge us in the midst of our culture wars.

I Actually Attended a Session of Vatican II

I Actually Attended a Session of Vatican II

Yes! I figuratively rubbed shoulders with some 2000 bishops inside St. Peter’s! There are not many left who can say that.
Here I share my journey from a pre-Vatican II church to the church after Vatican II.
I will also share how belatedly I discovered that Vincent was one of the forerunners of the Church Pope Francis is calling us to become.

Bible in One Hand, Newspaper In the Other

Bible in One Hand, Newspaper In the Other

I don’t normally read InterVarsity publications. One popped up in a google search for material related to the words of a theologian ” Pray with the bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other.”
In this Vincentian Mindwalk I share two aspects on what that might mean.

Ancestry.com and Mary’s memories!

Ancestry.com and Mary’s memories!

Mary “kept all these things, pondering them in her heart” (Lk 2:19; cf. 2:51). We can remember with Mary some of the memories she kept in her heart. The rosary is an invitation to look through her mother’s eyes at Jesus, the center of her life!

Pope Francis’ “Puzzle Box Picture”

Pope Francis’ “Puzzle Box Picture”

The picture on a puzzle box inspired me to see how the pieces fit together. This morning I read a reflection, “Either an Evangelizing Church or a Worldly Church. It provided me with the picture on the “Pope Francis puzzle box! I offer it as a picture of what guides Pope Francis.

Biblical Coverups and Gotchas

Biblical Coverups and Gotchas

They were comfortable… until they were told a story. Then they learned an uncomfortable truth. The person in the story out there, hid in their own heart.
In this Vincentian Mindwalk i explore how Pope Francis tells us a story about ourselves that unmasks our coverups and deceptions.