Blog Posts from July, 2016

...what can go wrong?

13725013 10205275561488615 5449286895008568822 o This is by far the strangest thing that I have ever done. I have taken up the religious habit of the Capuchin Franciscans. Here’s what a typical person might say about me: “Why would any healthy, (mostly) sane young adult male start walking down this path? And at the age of 19? Surely he must realize that this is the 21st century. These days, commitment is rare among youth and religious practice is even rarer...and that’s to say nothing of religious commitment!” To be honest, I’m often at a loss for answers

Back to School

20 Students gathered at an outdoor assembly. Finally, at long last, I found myself arriving at St. Paul’s Academy, the school where I would be engaging in my teaching ministry for the next ten weeks. The Friars had been very considerate in preparing for my arrival, and I was shown to a simple, yet very comfortable room. Perhaps most humbling of all was the fact that they had installed a small air conditioning unit in my room, aware that the hottest days of Summer were yet to come, and also aware that I might not yet be accustomed to

Gearing Up

Sjp friars invest 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time Like any good bureaucracy our federal government is very fond of acronyms. A few of the more familiar ones might be:  DHS (Department of Homeland Security), VA (Veterans’ Administration), DHHS (Department of Health and Human Services), and of course the DOD (Department of Defense) which operates WHINSEC (Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation), which in turn used to be the SOA (School of the Americas) until the name became too closely associated with supporting dictators, human rights abuses and death squads in Latin America. The Department of Education has its own set of

“I came that they might have life, and have it to the full”

Denver-wyd-edit3 (John 10:10- Theme from World Youth Day, 1993)   “A thousand years in your eyes are merely a day gone by…”, so says the Psalmist in Psalm 90. It hasn’t been a thousand years, but thirty years has certainly swept by since Pope Saint John Paul II instituted the first World Youth Day in Rome in 1986. Over the course of these thirty years I have only been able to attend one of these great gatherings of faithful, in 1993 in Denver, Colorado. I still recall much of that week, some of it vividly, from 23 years ago. Having recently