An Ocean of Mercy

“Give it all to God,” the priest said after I described my struggles with sinfulness, my shortcomings, my stubborn selfishness. “Give it all to God,” he said, “and know that He loves you. He loves you. He loves you.” Let those words wash over you in a wave of mercy –...

Lord, direct our servant hearts to you.

February 29 -Thursday of the Second Week of Lent Readings: Jer 17:5-10, Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6, Lk 16:19-31 Invitation to Prayer: Lord, direct our servant hearts to you.  Reflection: I’ve known many rich people, many more poor people, and still even more Pharisees in my...

Celebrate the Greatest Love!

Tomorrow two seemingly unrelated observations will collide in Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day. The day of fasting when many Christians receive the mark of ashes on their foreheads will seem to stand in stark contrast to the bright red and pink store displays of...

Protect Them Both

We do not support Ohio Issue 1. St. Vincent de Paul Society, Dayton District Council believes in the dignity of every human person. We also believe that each person is created in the image and likeness of God. Every day we accompany our most vulnerable and forgotten...

Through the Eyes of Children

To see the world through a child’s eyes is a wonder. Their pure and innocent perspectives, unhurried by adult responsibilities, remind us of what is truly important. They see and feel everything but do not always understand. Raw emotion, true and untamed, rules their...

Perseverance in Prayer

August 27th is typically observed as the feast of St. Monica, patron of wives, mothers, and victims of abuse. She is recognized as a saintly mother whose deep faith and fervent prayers led to the conversions of her pagan husband and wayward son (that son being St....