… HEART AND HAND

… HEART AND HAND Why is the symbol of the heart used for love and not any other part of the exterior or internal organ of the human body? In my understanding, love primarily flows from the heart. Sympathy cannot be explained outside the heart. However, a loving heart requires a corresponding action of love for it’s perfection. It is not enough to sympathize with someone unless the sympathy leads to empathy. To sympathize is to feel with … while to empathize is to experience with. In the great words…

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Congregation of the Mission’s 400th Anniversary: Brief History of the Congregation of Mission in Nigeria

CONGREGATION OF THE MISSION: CHARISM AND APOSTOLATE IN NIGERIA 1960-2017 (Fr Augustine Abiagom, cm). In the words St. Vincent De Paul “All beginnings are somewhat strange, but we must have patience, and little by little, we shall find things, which at first were obscure, becoming clearer.” Premised on the above notable quote of the Saint of Charity, the history of the existence of the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian Fathers & Brothers) in the Nigerian Province in the light of her charisms and apostolates can be traced accurately to the…

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FLAME OF CHARITY: A Reflection on the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul.

FLAME OF CHARITY: A Reflection on the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul. It is not enough to be moved with pity without doing something to removing the pity situation. Moved with pity for the poor, the flame of charity was seen in the French atmosphere (1617-1660) announcing vehemently by deeds of divine love, the message of the kingdom of God. A war against the careless abandon of the poor spiritually began at Folleville a village in France in 1617. The need to lessen the gap between the bourgeoisie and…

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“PRAY, HOPE AND DON’T WORRY” : Memorable Advice of St.Padre Pio.

“PRAY, HOPE AND DON’T WORRY”: Memorable Advice of St.Padre Pio. A good friend of mine and brother who goes by the name Lawrence, would always advise that “I never make way for depression through fear and anxiety over whatever challenging situation I experience in Life.” I must confess that the above words for which I will ever remember my friend and brother in St Vincent de Paul was a spring board that helped me immensely in crossing the threatening waters of my life as a youth. In the vein of…

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A SHORT PROFILE/BIOGRAPHY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

He was born in Gascony in France in the year 1581. He had his studies and was ordained a Catholic priest, and was immediately appointed as the parish priest in Paris. He is the founder of Congregation of the Mission (known as VINCENTIANS), for the interest of forming young lads into the spiritual formation of the clergy and the relief of the poor. With the help of St. Louise de Marillac, he founded also the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity. He died at Paris, France in the year 1660.…

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