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I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars. You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else.

Pope Francis
Vincentian Ephemerides

Ephemerides: February, 28th

1633. Margarita Naseau dies in Paris. St. Vincent de Paul considered her to be the first Daughter of Charity. 1653. St. Louise wrote to a Sister…

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Sunday Bible Reflections

Third Sunday of Lent (José Antonio Pagola)

A new temple The four evangelists recall Jesus’ provocative gesture of expelling from the temple sellers of animals and the money changers. He…

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Third Sunday of Lent (Rosalino Reyes Dizon)

Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom (1 Cor 1, 22) Jesus is doing something new that is already perceivable. We must fix our gaze on it,…

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The Miraculous Medal (Aladel). Chapter 2

Chapter 2: Mary’s agency in the Church THIS AGENCY, EVER MANIFEST, SEEMS TO HAVE DISAP­PEARED DURING THE EIGHTEENTH AND IN THE BEGINNING OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY—MARY APPEARS IN 1830—MOTIVES AND IMPORTANCE OF THIS APPARITION—THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. Devotion... read more

The Miraculous Medal (Aladel). Chapter 1

Chapter 1. Sister Catherine, Daughter of Charity Her Birth — Early Life — Vocation — Entrance into the Community — Apparition of the Blessed Virgin — The Medal — Sister Catherine is sent to d’Enghien Hospital — Her humble, hidden Life — Her Death. It is an... read more

The Miraculous Medal (Aladel). Preface

Author’s declaration IN conformity with the decree of Pope Urban VIII, we declare that the terms miracle, revelation, apparition and other expressions of a similar nature here employed, have, in our intention, no other than a purely historical value, and that we... read more

The Ministry of Priesthood for St Vincent and his Congregation

On 23 September 1600 a young man knelt before an old bishop at Chateau l’Evêque; he was being ordained to the priesthood. He was no more than 20 years of age, and his name was Vincent de Paul. The pre­mature ordination did not indicate a corresponding precocious... read more

Vincentian Formation

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St Vincent and Mental Prayer

Unfortunately, although Vincent had read widely in the classics of prayer, and has been called “a master whose prudence and sagacity really amount…

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Saint Vincent de Paul and Popular Devotion

Glancing through the small-advertisement page of a daily news­paper recently, my eye rested on the heading ‘Thanksgivings’ and reading down…

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St Vincent De Paul — A Guide for Priests Today

Some 45 years ago now, (English translation in 1932), a French diocesan priest the Abbe A’rnaud d’Agnel wrote a book entitled St Vincent de Paul…

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The miraculous medal : its origin, history, circulation, results

The Miraculous Medal (Aladel). Chapter 2

Chapter 2: Mary's agency in the Church THIS AGENCY, EVER MANIFEST, SEEMS TO HAVE DISAP­PEARED DURING THE EIGHTEENTH AND IN THE BEGINNING OF THE…

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The miraculous medal : its origin, history, circulation, results

The Miraculous Medal (Aladel). Chapter 1

Chapter 1. Sister Catherine, Daughter of Charity Her Birth — Early Life — Vocation — Entrance into the Community — Apparition of the Blessed…

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The miraculous medal : its origin, history, circulation, results

The Miraculous Medal (Aladel). Preface

Author's declaration IN conformity with the decree of Pope Urban VIII, we declare that the terms miracle, revelation, apparition and other…

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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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Vincent de Paul

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Saint Vincent in the Service of Priests

The character of the priest is a participation in the priesthood of the Son of God. He gives them the power to offer the sacrifice of his Body, and…

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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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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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Louise de Marillac

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The Faith of Saint Louise in light of an Individualistic Society

The title of this presentation is the faith of Saint Louise in light of an individualistic society. This title does not refer to the society in which…

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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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Frédéric Ozanam

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The Frederic Ozanam Story

Foreword The "Frederic Ozanam Story" was put together originally as an introductory talk, to be delivered to the meeting of Presidents of Councils…

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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…

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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.

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

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Elisabeth Ann Bayley Seton

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Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton as Educator

As we celebrate Catholic School Week, it is interesting to go back in time and wonder, “What exactly was Saint Elizabeth Seton’s first school…

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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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More Vincentian Saints, Blessed & Venerables

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A Humble and Impassioned Witness to the Gospel

A Piedmontese priest of the 19th century was accustomed to say: “In Turin there are four saints: Don Bosco, Cottolengo, Don Cafasso, and Fr.…

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Three Invitations of Blessed Fr. Marcantonio Durando to the Vincentian Family

1. An invitation to revive the spirituality of St. Vincent de Paul Fr. Marcantonio Durando, CM, was always “fascinated” by the spirituality of…

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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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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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The Ministry of Priesthood for St Vincent and his Congregation

On 23 September 1600 a young man knelt before an old bishop at Chateau l’Evêque; he was being ordained to the priesthood. He was no more than 20…

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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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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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