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Pope Francis, Mary and the Journey Toward Peace

Dec 31, 2019   /   Around the Province

What is peace? This Christmas there has been so much talk of how to survive division at family meals. Often, we may be tempted to say, “You are…

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Epiphany, Elizabeth Seton and Our Ordinary Epiphanies

Dec 31, 2019   /   Around the Province

Sr. Regina Bechtle, SC reflects on St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the feast of the Epiphany and our ordinary epiphanies.   Epiphany – it’s no accident that the feast…

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New Year’s Resolutions From Pope Francis

Dec 31, 2019   /   Around the Province

Have you made any New Year’s resolutions for 2020? If not, there’s still time, and Pope Francis has some ideas for you. Here are the ten things he…

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A Vincentian View: A Wider Holy Family

Dec 31, 2019   /   Around the Province

In his weekly reflection for FamVin, Fr. Pat Griffin reminds us that as we see our immediate families grow we are invited to see everyone as members of…

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The Crib, the Cross and Christmas or Christ’s Mass

Dec 24, 2019   /   Around the Province

I have two questions today… What is the connection between the Crib, the Cross and Christ’s Mass? What is the connection between the Crib, the Cross, and Christ’s Mass…

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The Paradigm Shift That Began In Mary’s Womb

Dec 24, 2019   /   Around the Province

The womb that changed the world Have you ever thought of the birth of Jesus as the greatest change in human thinking? I never did … until recently.…

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Did You Know Christmas Was Banned in Boston?

Dec 24, 2019   /   Around the Province

Yes, it is true! According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, under the influence of the Puritans, Christmas was banned in Boston from 1659 to 1681. Law-breakers were fined five…

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Through the Veil (Isaiah 11; Hebrews 6)

Dec 24, 2019   /   Around the Province

In his bi-weekly reflection for FamVin, Fr. Tom Mckenna points out that the mood of Advent speaks to that lifeline of hope we need in everyday living, that…

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Pope Francis Is Teaching Me To See Again

Dec 17, 2019   /   Around the Province

Seeing something familiar… but for the first time Pope Francis taught me to see the nativity scene with new eyes! Have you ever looked at something familiar as…

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“Keep Christ In Christmas” – But Which Christ?

Dec 17, 2019   /   Around the Province

A minute meditation on Franciscan media “Bring the Gospel back into Christmas” stopped me cold in my tracks! Why? Judge for yourself… We ask ourselves, what is to…

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Making a List and Checking it Twice … Any Homeless There?

Dec 17, 2019   /   Around the Province

“Making a list and checking it twice.” I must admit I never thought much about checking my Christmas list for gifts for the homeless. Now I can’t get…

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A Vincentian View: A Generous Heart

Dec 17, 2019   /   Around the Province

In his weekly reflection on famvin.org Pat Griffin, CM notes that the virtue of generosity resides deeply within our Vincentian charism. How does it summon me to greater…

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Do you Know What Else Is Celebrated With the Immaculate Conception?

Dec 10, 2019   /   Around the Province

Yes, visitors to this site know that all around the world our church annually celebrates Dec. 8th as the feast of the Immaculate Conception. But how many know…

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Fr. Hal Skidmore – Instrument of Peace and Good Shepherd

Dec 10, 2019   /   Around the Province

“Make me an instrument of your peace!” We sang this at the beginning of the Mass of Resurrection for Fr. Harold Skidmore. As an instrument of peace he…

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Thanksgiving – Apparition Reported in Miraculous Medal Shrine

Dec 10, 2019   /   Around the Province

Thanksgiving – Apparition Reported in Miraculous Medal Shrine I never thought I would experience an apparition! So I was totally caught off guard when I experienced the closest…

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