Blog Posts from November, 2016

Thanksgiving Reflection

5212982646 8a75ced9a0 b “For, although you have no need of our praise, yet our thanksgiving is itself your gift, since our praises add nothing to your greatness but profit us for salvation, through Christ our Lord.” (Common Preface IV, Roman Missal) On October 3, 1863, President Lincoln declared the fourth Thursday in November to be a day of, "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father," but also a day to, "fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation," (from the "Proclamation of Thanksgiving"). President Lincoln recognized, in his proclamation of Thanksgiving as a holiday for all

Discovering Postulancy 2017

2016-10-15 20.10.26 As we are rapidly approaching the New Year, we are also rapidly approaching the annual Discovering Postulancy event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Taking place this year from January 1-5, 2017, this unique event gives candidates and inquirers the chance to experience Postulancy first-hand, to get a taste of what Capuchin formation is really like. Postulancy is the first formal stage of formation for Capuchin Franciscans, and for the Province of St. Joseph, this program takes place at St. Conrad Friary in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Friars-in-formation spend roughly nine months taking classes in-house, learning about a variety of topics, including the history of

Flexibly Fierce

Portraitmonumentimage01 Luke 19:11-28 In reflecting in the light of today’s gospel reading on some of the saints whom the Church remembers today, the phrase “fierce women” came to mind.  So I did a quick Google search and the images that came up ranged from Elizabeth Cady Stanton to Wonder Woman, Beyoncé Margaret Mead and Audrey Hepburn; but they also included a host of other less famous women of many nationalities, races, shapes and sizes.  The point, I think, is that any woman has the capacity to be fierce…and fierce in

Post-Election Reflection

Prayer for usa Dedication of St. John Lateran Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12; 1 Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17; John 2:13-22   Well, it’s over.  Regardless of how divided our nation seems or how one feels about last night’s results, one thing I hope that we can agree on is the need to pray for those whom we’ve entrusted with public office.  They have a lot of work in front of them.  We do, too.  Building greater and deeper communion among the diverse groups of people is a quintessentially Catholic task, and today’s readings remind us