Around the Province with Fr. Freund
Pope Francis, Mary and the Journey Toward Peace
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…Continue Reading
Epiphany, Elizabeth Seton and Our Ordinary Epiphanies
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…Continue Reading
New Year’s Resolutions From Pope Francis
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…Continue Reading
A Vincentian View: A Wider Holy Family
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…Continue Reading
The Crib, the Cross and Christmas or Christ’s Mass
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…Continue Reading
The Paradigm Shift That Began In Mary’s Womb
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.…Continue Reading
Did You Know Christmas Was Banned in Boston?
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…Continue Reading
Through the Veil (Isaiah 11; Hebrews 6)
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…Continue Reading
Pope Francis Is Teaching Me To See Again
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…Continue Reading
“Keep Christ In Christmas” – But Which Christ?
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…Continue Reading
Making a List and Checking it Twice … Any Homeless There?
“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…Continue Reading
A Vincentian View: A Generous Heart
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…Continue Reading
Do you Know What Else Is Celebrated With the Immaculate Conception?
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…Continue Reading
Fr. Hal Skidmore – Instrument of Peace and Good Shepherd
“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…Continue Reading
Thanksgiving – Apparition Reported in Miraculous Medal Shrine
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…Continue Reading