Welcome to the second “Our Story – Our Mission”, Vincentian Spiritual Reflections for 2016. This publication is produced four times a year by the Membership and Development Department, St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria. We encourage your ongoing comments and feedback on ways that we can improve this publication. If you would like to provide feedback, please con tact Livia Carusi, General Manager - Membership and Development, via email at livia.carusi@svdp-vic.org.au or on 03 9895 5859. In response to a suggestion put forward by a number of members, all editions for 2016 will include the Society’s Opening and Closing prayers.

Enjoy the read.

God Bless.

Livia Carusi

General Manager - Membership and Development

  • Second Sunday of Easter


    Reflection 1 Text (Gospel Story) John 20:19-31 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to...

  • Third Sunday of Easter


    Reflection 2 Text (Gospel Story) John 21:1-19 At that time, Jesus revealed himself again to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias. The disciples had gone fishing but that night they caught nothing. When it was already...

  • Fourth Sunday of Easter


    Reflection 3 Text (Gospel Story) John 10:27-30 Jesus said: “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. My...

  • Fifth Sunday of Easter


    Reflection 4 Text (Gospel Story) John 13:31-33 When Judas had left them, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself,...

  • Sixth Sunday of Easter


    Reflection 5 Text (Gospel Story) John 14:23-29 Jesus said to his disciples: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him…I have...

  • The Ascension of the Lord


    Reflection 6 Text (Gospel Story) John 20:19-31 Jesus said to his disciples: “Thus it is written that the Christ would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins,...

  • Pentecost


    Reflection 7 Text (Gospel Story) John 14:15-16, 23-26 Jesus said to his disciples, “If you love me, you will keep my commandment. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you...

  • The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity


    Reflection 8 Text (Gospel Story) John 16:12-15 Jesus said to his disciples: “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth. He will...

  • The Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ


    Reflection 9 Text (Gospel Story) John 20:19-31 The Twelve approached Jesus and said, “Dismiss the crowd so that they can go to the surrounding villages and farms and find lodging and provisions; for we are in a...

  • The Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart


    Sharing the Mission When we pray to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we try to make ourselves more conscious of the personal love which Jesus Christ has for each of us. Je sus said to us: “This is my commandment - love...

  • Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


    Reflection 10 Text (Gospel Story) Luke 7:11-17 Jesus went to a town called Naim, and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him. As he approached the gate of the town a dead man was being carried out, the only son...

  • Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time


    Reflection 11 Text (Gospel Story) Luke 7:36-8:3 Pharisee invited Jesus to dine with him. There was a sinful woman in the city who learned that he was at table in the house of the Pharisee. Bringing an alabaster flask of...

  • Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time


    Reflection 12 Text (Gospel Story) Luke 9:18-24 Once when Jesus was praying in solitude, and the disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They said in reply, “John the...

  • Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


    Reflection 13 Text (Gospel Story) Luke 9:51-62 When the days for Jesus’ being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem, and he sent messengers ahead of him…As they were...