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The accidents of life separate us from our dearest friends, but let us not despair. God is like a looking glass in which souls see each other. The more we are united to Him by love, the nearer we are to those who belong to Him.

Elisabeth Ann Seton
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Ephemerides: January, 28th

1840. Mary gave Green Scapular to Sr. Justine Bisqueyburu,…

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (José Antonio Pagola)

A new teaching The episode is surprising and breath-taking. It takes place in the “synagogue,” the place where the Law is officially taught…

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Rosalino Reyes Dizon)

To set before you an ideal (1 Cor 7, 35) Jesus is the great prophet God raised up from among us at the coming of the time of fulfillment. He…

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Ozanam in his correspondence (Monsignor Baunard) 32 (End)

Appendix The gloom of France during the years 1848-5o could not obliterate in Ozanam’s mind the memory of Italy in the spring of 1847. The vision above all of Assissi, less dazzling, less bewildering than APPENDIX TWO UNPUBLISHED LETTERS OF Frederic OZANAM TO... read more

Ozanam in his correspondence (Monsignor Baunard) 31

Chapter XXX: Epilogue — His literary and charitable legacy Testimony to the deceased — Literary work — Charitable work — Society of St. Vincent de Paul Ozanam had written in his will: “Do not allow yourselves to be stopped by those who will say to you, ‘He... read more

Ozanam in his correspondence (Monsignor Baunard) 30

Chapter XXIX: Leghorn — The last summer San Jacopo — Sienna — L’Antignano, Marseilles — A holy death Leghorn is about 12 miles below Pisa. A charming little village named San Jacopo, nestles among the rocks on the shores of the Mediterranean, about a quarter of... read more

Ozanam in his correspondence (Monsignor Baunard) 29

Chapter XXVIII: In Italy — Winter at Pisa The Conference in Florence — Authorisation — Notre Dame de Pisa — Historical works — The ascent of life — The sacrifice 1853 Ozanam visited, first, Pisa’s Notre Dame, and then turned his thoughts to distant France:... read more

Vincentian Formation

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Charity in the Life of the Daughter of Charity

Saint Vincent describes the spirit of the Company very clearly (SV IX, 594-95): The spirit of your Company consists of three things: to love our…

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Posadas and Advent

As you know the Vincentian Fathers serve in many places throughout the world.  Here in the States many of our priests are involved in Hispanic…

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John the Baptist, Vincent and Consecration

The Advent/Christmas Season holds up numerous individuals who can be placed in the category of “consecrated persons.” Some of them are easy to…

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Vincentian Spirituality

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A proper celebration of Christmas

Near Annapolis Royal in the province of Nova Scotia is located the National Historic Park of Port Royal. It is fair to say that the first truly…

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St. Catherine Labouré and the Miraculous Medal

The Virgin Mary inaugurates the Marian Era The night of July 18, 1830 was a night that changed the history of the world. It was the night that the…

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Mental Prayer, Yesterday and Today: The Vincentian Tradition

Saint Vincent and Mental Prayer Some preliminary considerations I use the phrase "mental prayer" purposely in this chapter, rather than…

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History of the Vincentian Family

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Women in the Church at the time of Saint Vincent

Women in general In the modem time, there were two positions with regard to women.[note]P. Bugnion-Secretan, Mere Angelique Amauld, 1591-1661,…

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The Poor Country People of Seventeenth Century France

During the past forty years French historians have shifted their attention from the great personages and political movements of their country’s…

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Saint Vincent and the Church in his time (III)

Church, Eucharist and the priesthood Models of the Priesthood Saint Vincent tells the story of a meeting with a Huguenot. The path of conversion of…

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Christian Formation

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Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis to all Consecrated People

Apostolic Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to all Consecrated People on the occasion of the Year of Consecrated Life   Dear…

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Speaking about Mercy…

Speaking about Mercy... Spirituality of the Brothers CMM On Monday 26, 2014, the general chapter Of the Brothers of the CMM (Congregatio Fratrum…

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The Dream of Saint Joseph (Painted 1773-1774), by Anton Raphael Mengs

The Quiet Carpenter

A few years ago my sister visited me in Rome. As we toured the little chapel in the house where I lived, she asked me, “Where’s Joseph?” I was…

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Saint Vincent de Paul, a biography 12

Chapter VII: The paths of conversion A decisive year It is generally accepted by the Saint's biographers that at this period Vincent de Paul was…

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Saint Vincent de Paul, a biography 11

Chapter VI: From Rome to Paris, a change of scene Third project: third failure. Once again we are back in Rome with our Vincent de Paul in the…

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Saint Vincent de Paul, a biography 10

Chapter V: Fiction or historical fact? A serious problem for the critics A long‑standing controversy We could continue happily with our story if…

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Louise de Marillac

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Louise de Marillac, a portrait. Appendix

Appendix: Details of the careers of members of the Marillac family. The careers of Michel de Marillac and Louise, Comte de Beaumont, held glory, but…

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Louise de Marillac, a portrait. Part IV: The interior life of Louise de Marillac (5)

Towards mystical union The word ‘mysticism’ is often slipping from my pen. Yet I know that Vincent de Paul, dazzled by the radiance of Saint…

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Louise de Marillac, a portrait. Part IV: The interior life of Louise de Marillac (4)

The stages in her spiritual course The editors of the four-volume private edition of the writings of Louise de Marillac were confronted with a…

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Frédéric Ozanam

Portrait of Frederic Ozanam in 1852, miniature copy of the portrait by Janmot Louis (1814-1892), probably made by the artist himself.

Ozanam in his correspondence (Monsignor Baunard) 32 (End)

Appendix The gloom of France during the years 1848-5o could not obliterate in Ozanam's mind the memory of Italy in the spring of 1847. The…

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Portrait of Frederic Ozanam in 1852, miniature copy of the portrait by Janmot Louis (1814-1892), probably made by the artist himself.

Ozanam in his correspondence (Monsignor Baunard) 31

Chapter XXX: Epilogue — His literary and charitable legacy Testimony to the deceased — Literary work — Charitable work — Society of St.…

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Portrait of Frederic Ozanam in 1852, miniature copy of the portrait by Janmot Louis (1814-1892), probably made by the artist himself.

Ozanam in his correspondence (Monsignor Baunard) 30

Chapter XXIX: Leghorn — The last summer San Jacopo — Sienna — L'Antignano, Marseilles — A holy death Leghorn is about 12 miles…

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Elisabeth Ann Bayley Seton

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Biography of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton 1774-1821

Elizabeth Ann Bayley, one of two daughters of a prominent Episcopal family, was born in New York on August 28, 1774. She was a charming little girl,…

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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: Hazard yet Forward

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (1774-1821) was born Elizabeth Ann Bayley on August 28, 1774, in New York and was raised Episcopalian. She was the daughter…

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Spiritual Gems of Elizabeth Ann Seton

Charity Sisters of Charity! Your admirable name must excite in you every preparation to do justice to your vocation. To speak the joy of my…

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More Vincentian Saints, Blessed & Venerables

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Blessed Louis Joseph Francois. Part IV – End

On Saturday morning, the 1st of September, a copy of the decree of transportation for refractory priests was handed to the Superior; it deceived…

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Pier Giorgio Frassati: a role model for young Catholics.

Was Pier Giorgio active in the St. Vincent de Paul Society?

Pier Giorgio belonged to so many Catholic organizations and clubs that it was impossible for him to attend meetings for all of them. But his…

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Blessed Louis Joseph Francois. Part III

On April 6th, 1792, the Legislative Assembly sup-pressed all secular Congregations of men or women, even those devoted to hospitals and schools. Then…

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Vincentian Writings

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Letter 0056b. To Monsieur l’Abbé de Vaux

(at Paris) Wednesday (April 23, 1641) Monsieur, I no longer have the letter from our sisters which I confided to someone yesterday to bring…

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Letter 0037. To Monsieur l’Abbé de Vaux

April 22 (1641) Monsieur, At the very time that I received the letter that you did me the honor of sending to me, I was reflecting on a…

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Letter 0036b. To Monsieur Vincent

February 9, 1641 Monsieur, At last our good Sister Marie[note]Marie Joly, one of the very First Daughters of Charity, was introduced by Madame…

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Humility in the Life of the Daughter of Charity

Humility, along with simplicity and charity, is one of the virtues that constitute the spirit of the Daughters of Charity. This chapter will be…

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Simplicity in the Life of the Daughter of Charity

For Vincent de Paul, simplicity, humility, and charity constitute the spirit of the Daughters of Charity (SV IX, 594-95). The word spirit, of…

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My Hopes for the Company of the Daughters of Charity

Over the past year many Daughters of Charity have asked me to express my hopes for the Company, as I did a year ago for the Congre­gation of the…

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Vincentian biographies

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‘Sister Gen’: A Case Study of Vincentian Leadership

Introduction A former Prime Minister of Ireland, Garrett Fitzgerald, once complained: ‘That’s all very well in practice, but how does it work in…

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Sister Justine Bisqueyburu and the Green Scapular

On Jan. 28, 1840 , in Paris , France , the Blessed Virgin appeared to Sr. Justine Bisqueyburu, a Seminary Sister of the Daughters of Charity. This…

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Sister Justine Bisqueyburu

Justine Bisqueyburu, D.C., (1817-1903), was born in Mauléon, France and lived with her mother's sister. She entered the Daughters of Charity in…

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