Blog Posts from June, 2016

Time to Adjust

3 Since the Jyoti Niketan Minor Seminary is the first place I have spent more than a day or two, staying here has given me a chance to begin to properly adjust to being in India. As anyone who has traveled internationally knows, the first few days in a new country are often hectic, flying by in a blur. For me, this is my first time out of the country, so the adjustment is even more unusual. For the first few days, I would awake confused, forgetting for the moment where I was, and wondering why I was suddenly wide awake

DAPA and Dysfunction

Maxresdefault Thursday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time Earlier today the Supreme Court of the United States in a 4-4 tie upheld a lower court injunction stopping implementation of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). The Court put on indefinite hold President Obama’s executive order that would have put on hold the deportation of parents who were not lawfully present in the USA but whose children were either citizens or lawful permanent residents. There are reasonable legal arguments that could be made in favor or against the President’s action. However,

Going Back to School

A  Students at prayer at the Jyoti Niketan Minor Seminary After spending a few days with Brother P.A. at the Provincialate, and after visiting some of the local ministries, I moved in to the Jyoti Niketan Minor Seminary in Masuri, another district in Ghaziabad. The school is home to nearly 50 students who are discerning a vocation to Capuchin life. However, most of the students were home for the holidays, with only the third year class being present; a little more than a dozen students. This was the first place that I would be staying for any length of time

Keeping It Simple

Prayer-708389 960 720 Thursday of the 11th Week in Ordinary Time            Matthew 6:7-15 I once heard a long-time member of Alcoholics Anonymous break down the 12 Steps into eight words: Don’t drink. Trust God. Clean house. Help others. Jesus did something similar in teaching his disciples what we have come to know as the Lord’s Prayer or the Our Father.  It’s a simple offering of praise and worship, submission and petition.  He also recognized that, in the end, prayer is really more about us and