Fr. Vin – As I See It

Summer Suggestions

In my final column before the summer break, I’d like to suggest some things about loving and serving one another well here in Our Lady of Grace and at home.  Here’s my list: Read more →

The Church Visible

I usually have some fun with my final columns of the year before summer, so today I’m going to tackle a summer-y issue: Dress in church. It’s also appropriate for today’s Feast, the Body and Blood of Christ.  Christianity is a religion that takes embodiment seriously, in the Risen Christ and in us.  Let’s get started: Read more →

Live in Peace

Brothers and sisters, rejoice.
Mend your ways, encourage one another,
agree with one another, live in peace,
and the God of love and peace will be with you.

Paul to the Corinthians [II; 13, 11-13], today’s second reading


From what I observe as an outsider, parents have an incredibly difficult job.  In my experience many – even most – make dramatic sacrifices for their children.  I admire that greatly, and I’m sure it’s a pathway to holiness for them.   Read more →

The Gift of the Holy Spirit

In one of the Greetings at Mass you may remember, the presiding priest makes reference to the particular gift that each of the Persons of the Trinity offers to us.  He says (echoing St. Paul), “The grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God (i.e., the Father), and the koinonia of the Holy Spirit be with you.”  The gift connected to each Person is no accident: The Holy Spirit offers us – koinonia.  What is that? Read more →

The Advocate

In today’s Gospel Jesus promises his followers an “Advocate” – the Holy Spirit.  Why does He call the Spirit that? Read more →

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