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2017 Triduum Retreat

Dsc 0098 copy Celebrate the Paschal Triduum with Candidates, Volunteers and Capuchin Friars! On April 13 through April 15, join us as we celebrate Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter through prayer, fraternal sharing and input. As the time of Lent approaches, we find ourselves looking forward to the joy of the Easter Season, and with it, the annual Easter Triduum Retreat at St. Lawrence Seminary in Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin. This event, the final event of the 2016-2017 vocation year, is a staple of Capuchin formation in the Province of St. Joseph. Friars in formation, members of our lay volunteer corps, Cap Corps, and...

Indictment and Aspiration

5708845520 b07fa68273 b Matthew 18:21-35 “and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us;” Between Eucharist, the Liturgy of the Hours and an occasional decade of the rosary, I pray those words several times every day.  That frequency may partially explain why I can easily take them for granted. I sometimes fail to ponder their import.  There’s a good reason why:  it would be too scary.  The truth is, I am not always forgiving and those words of the Lord’s Prayer can read like an indictment.  Forgiveness is...

“Those who humble themselves…will grab a shovel.”

Fema - 40421 - north dakota resident shovels snow off his sidewalk Isaiah 1:10, 16-20; Matthew 23:1-12 Conversion is about change, and the most direct way that it is reflected is in my behavior.  In Isaiah’s words, I “cease doing evil” and “learn to do good.”  I don’t seek out places of honor or rely on titles, my status or the various forms of privilege that I am given in the Church or wider community.  Humility is learned.  Like any other virtue, it must be nurtured. The most obvious way that I learn humility is through my failures, large and small;...

Laying It All Out There

Prayer-401401 1280 (St. Frances of Rome) Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-35; Matthew 7:7-12   We often admire people who at least appear to “lay it all out there” or “tell it like it is.”  Esther did that in her prayer for her fellow Jews, who faced genocide instigated by a vain official who couldn’t understand and despised their allegiance to their faith and their God.  She—a queen—and those with her prostrated themselves as she prayed before God, asking for mercy, protection and justice.  Yet Jesus reminds us that...