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May God be pleased to strengthen you in these hardships, enlighten you in your doubts, and bring you safely to the place where Providence intends to lead your little bark. Trust firmly in God’s guidance and encourage your people to have this trust in the present disturbances; the storm will abate, and the calm will be greater and more pleasing than ever. to Polish superior, during Swedish invasion Vincent de Paul

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Apr 192014
Easter Sunday (José Antonio Pagola)

Returning to Galilee The Gospels have compiled memories of three admirable women who, at dawn following the Sabbath, have gone to the tomb where Jesus was buried.  They cannot forget him.  They continue to love him more than anyone else.  Meanwhile, the men have fled and keep hiding perhaps.  The message they hear when they get there is of exceptional importance.  The oldest Gospel tells it like this:  “You seek Jesus, the crucified.  He has been raised; he is not here.”  It is a mistake [...] → [Read the full text]

Apr 192014
Easter Sunday (Rosalino Reyes Dizon)

Think of what is above (Col 3, 2) The least of us has risen from the dead and is seated at the right hand of God.  Now we await his glorious coming and welcoming words, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father.”  And  we recount his marvelous deeds,  striving to go about doing good, so that our aspiration that the Father’s will be done on earth as in heaven may be realized. From seeing the empty tomb Peter and the beloved disciple inferred that [...] → [Read the full text]

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]