REFLECTIONS ON THE WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
How times, culture, bigotry, prejudice and religious animosity have changed in my lifetime... a personal reflection.
I grew up in a strongly Catholic family, a mixture of two periods of religious persecution: Catholic emancipation, permission to practice your faith openly only emerged in the mid 1800's in England. In Ireland it was more of an economic persecution of Catholics resulting from an English protestant invasion which drove Catholics from their homesteads into abject poverty.
Jesus says that “blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” Mathew 5:3, there can be a number of different interpretations of this truth. . I recently learned of one perspective which I think worthwhile to share in the context of our Vincentian spirit and activities. This is the perspective projected from the parable of Luke 18:9-14 - the Pharisee and the Tax Collector praying separately in the synagogue.
One tradition that we have let slip is that of the twelve days of Christmas. Of course we are reminded of the matter when we hear the popular Christmas Carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas (more about the song later).
An interesting way of celebrating the twelve days is to make each day correspond to...
A young man has become truly acquainted with his girlfriend and decides to propose marriage. Obviously he will not give her a diamond in a little bag but rather properly mounted on a ring. Christmas is the diamond and the Advent season is the setting.
Have you ever wondered where the entrance procession at mass actually starts? The procession is meant to mirror the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem or likewise our journey through life as we process thru this world to eternal life. Like most of us, you were taught that the procession starts when the cross-bearer, the lectors, the servers, the deacon with the book of the Gospels and the presiding priest enter into the knave. The entrance procession therefore would begin in the foyer or does it?
On behalf of the NCC Spiritual Committee and Vincentians across the country I would like to express our very sincere thanks and gratitude to Maureen MacIsaac for her many years of dedicated service to the Society as the Chair of the NCC Spiritual Committee. Her vast...
A new spiritual reflection is available in the "Spirituality" section - The Priceless Gift:
A short while ago, a friend told me about a priest she had seen on the television who said that when Christ was present in the Eucharist the place is surrounded by angels. It made me remember that a good many...
Msgr. Gregory Smith, keynote speaker at our National Annual General Assembly in Vancouver, gave an inspirational speech. We invite you to read the script of his speech, by clicking on the pdf document: