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Contemplation: Payment for Tears of Joy

“Help …becomes honorable,” Bl. Frédéric taught, “when it may become mutual.” [O’Meara, 177] It is this teaching that inspires our Rule’s call for Vincentians to “form relationships based on trust and friendship” with the neighbor. [Rule, Part I, 1.9] Because after all, what is friendship if it is not mutual? Asking for help can be…

A Letter From Our Servant Leaders 02-15-24 1200 1200 SVDP USA

A Letter From Our Servant Leaders 02-15-24

The 2024 Midyear Meeting is about a month away in St. Louis. Every year as we approach Midyear, Regional Meetings, and the Annual Assembly the same question comes up. “Is it appropriate for Conferences and Councils to use their funds to pay for members to attend these meetings”? Or a variation on the same question.…

Contemplation: Fulfilling His Promise 1080 1080 SVDP USA

Contemplation: Fulfilling His Promise

A young Vincentian, complaining about Conference meetings, noted that the members seemed discouraged, that they were just doing good works “by habit”, and that the meeting “is nearly always concerned with business, it seems long.” It’s no wonder members with this experience question the Rule’s requirement that we meet twice a month. [Rule, Part I,…

02-08-24 A Letter From Our Servant Leaders 1200 1200 SVDP USA

02-08-24 A Letter From Our Servant Leaders

There are several topics which immediately start arguments among Vincentians when written about in this space. I wish I could tell you some of them but, you know, it would start the process! However, I will broach one topic because there is an immediate need for some guidance: our logo. Specifically, I have received recent…

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Contemplation: A Perpetual Expression

One of our essential elements is spirituality, but what is spirituality? How do we express it? How do we live it? What is its goal? Given that the spiritual growth of members also is the primary purpose of the Society, we probably ought to have some idea how to answer these questions. To begin with…

02-01-24 A Letter From Our Servant Leaders 1200 1200 SVDP USA

02-01-24 A Letter From Our Servant Leaders

It’s February, the month of Valentine’s Day — and the traditional month of the celebration of love. Exchanges of flowers and chocolates, romantic dinners, and many an engagement will occur on February 14 as people celebrate their love for each other. A day to celebrate love is a good thing, because by focusing on the…

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Contemplation: Answering God’s Call

Central to the spirituality of St. Vincent de Paul is the importance of fulfilling God’s will. Even more than that, he teaches, we must unite our will with His. In order to fulfill God’s will, to make it our own, we must first discern His will, we must hear His calling for our lives. From…

01-25-24 A Letter From Our Servant Leaders 150 150 SVDP USA

01-25-24 A Letter From Our Servant Leaders

“Excuse me if I’m late in writing to you, but it’s the fault of my laziness.” – Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati  If you know me… I am sure you just read that line and laughed to yourself. I constantly find myself running from one thing to the next… and usually late. I stumbled upon this…

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Contemplation: To Know Fully

In his 1978 book, God and the Astronomers, astrophysicist Robert Jastrow concludes that the astronomers, following science alone to scale the mountain of ignorance, would, when reaching the truth at its peak, be “greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.” This metaphor captures a truth at the heart of…

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New Issue of Serving in Hope Out Now

The latest edition of SVdP’s Serving in Hope Newsletter is now available! Highlighting stories of how Vincentians are serving neighbors in need and changing lives across the country, Serving in Hope is published quarterly and sent to all donors of the National Council.  This issue’s cover story features Rita, a single mother who was able to…

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