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You know how greatly I need to obtain from God the means for drawing His grace upon me so that I may accomplish His will Louise de Marillac

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Apr 122014
Palm Sunday (José Antonio Pagola)

Nothing could stop him The Baptist’s execution was not just by chance.  A wide-spread idea among the Jewish people is that the destiny awaiting a prophet is misunderstanding, rejection, and all too often, death.  Probably, Jesus reckoned early on with the possibility of his meeting a violent end.  Jesus was not suicidal nor was he looking for martyrdom.  He never wanted suffering for either himself or anyone else.  He dedicated his life to fight it in sickness, injustice, marginalization and hopelessness.  He lived wholly committed [...] → [Read the full text]

Apr 122014
Palm Sunday (Rosalino Reyes Dizon)

He took the form of a slave (Phil 2, 7)  Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the living God.  But he is not here to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for all.  Genuine disciples remember and live the Master’s self-giving ministry. According to popular belief, the Messiah cannot be the Suffering Servant.  So, it is not surprising that the crowd stops acclaiming, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” given the obvious suffering of the one handed over [...] → [Read the full text]

Apr 102014
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Appendices Note I. to Part I, Chapter III ACTE D’ASSOCIATION PASSE ENTRE S. VINCENT DE PAUL ET SES TROIS PREMIERS COMPAGNONS Nous Vincent de Paul p’bre et principal du Collège des Bons Enfans fondé à Paris, joignant la Porte St. Victor, faisons foy à tous qu’il appartiendra : que selon la fondation faicte par Mgr. Philippe-Emmanuel de Gondy, Conte de Toigny, Général des Galères de France, et de feue Dame Françoise-Marguerite de Silly, Baronne de Montmirail et d’autres lieux, son espouse; pour l’entretien de quelques [...] → [Read the full text]

Apr 092014
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Chapter X: The last days WE have seen that the closing years did not bring outward peace into M. Vincent’s life ; the tragedy of the Madagascar Mission overshadowed him, and he was never free from anxiety regarding the j ansenist peril. But in many directions the seeds that he had sown sprung up, and there were signs of steady growth. In their differing tasks and widely separated dwelling-places the Mission Priests and the Sisters of Charity were testifying that it was by God’s prompting [...] → [Read the full text]

Apr 082014
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Chapter IX: S. Lazare and Port Royal THE history of the foreign Missions undertaken and directed by M. Vincent brings home to us with new vividness the extraordinary quality of his capacity for detachment. His manner of dealing with each separate enterprise suggests that he was concentrating interest on it. His letters in many instances betray the unmistak­able ardour of the enthusiast; his whole heart is intent on a ten days’ Mission on the Hulks at Marseilles, on a project for softening the lot of [...] → [Read the full text]

Apr 072014
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Chapter VIII: The foreign missions A CERTAIN infection lies in the display of courage. The Lazarists at Marseilles, who held their lives so lightly, were partly responsible for the fine indifference to danger which came to be recognized as characteristic of the Company. It is probable that M. Vincent was affected by this development among his Sons, and that their readiness to sacrifice themselves suggested those perilous enterprises on which he embarked in the last fifteen years of his life. It was also a natural [...] → [Read the full text]

Apr 062014
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Chapter VII: The vocation of a Mission Priest THE letters of M. Vincent to the Priests of the Mission declare to us his mind on the subject of vocation. One meaning of vocation to him was a love of Christ so burn­ing that it consumed all desire other than His Will. Close examination of his recorded words suggests that in his view there were no degrees of vocation, because nothing could be more perfect than the perfect following of the Will of Christ. His desire [...] → [Read the full text]