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Easter Triduum 2016

Triduum 1 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 2015-2016 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 many of our inquirers and candidates will gather in Mt. Calvary on the evening of March 24th, Holy Thursday, to celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper with the students...

Travel Lightly

Screen shot 2016-02-05 at 1.19.06 pm Mark 6:7-13 I was recently packing for an overnight trip, one of the few I've had since heart surgery at the beginning of December.  Not quite nine weeks have passed since the operation, so there are still some limitations on my physical activity.  One of them is a restriction on how much I can lift.  Thus as I packed one of the challenges that I had was trying to fit what I needed into a relatively small roller bag and a backpack that wouldn't cause stress and strain.   Faced with my personal limitations...

A Mystery and an Answer

Screen shot 2016-02-01 at 4.58.20 pm Monday of the 4th Week in Ordinary Time 2 Samuel 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13; Mark 5:1-20 Shortly after I had aortic valve replacement surgery in December to address a congenital defect, my identical twin brother Chris decided to undergo comprehensive testing of his own cardiovascular system.  He recently let me know that he went through the tests with flying colors:  no evidence of any heart defects or problems.  My first reaction was:  “Praise God!  I’m glad to hear it!”   But my next reaction was, “Why me?”  I haven&rsquo...

“Who am I?”

Screen shot 2016-02-01 at 9.23.49 am St. Thomas Aquinas 1 Samuel 7:18-19, 24-29; Mark 4:21-25 Earlier this week, I had to return to the hospital for the treatment of an infection related to heart surgery that I had at the beginning of December.  It has been an opportunity to again recall how privileged I am to have access to excellent health care.  The doctors, nurses and other professionals at Mercy Hospital in Chicago have been great; and I have benefitted from various tests, IV antibiotics, etc.  Not everyone in the world or even in our own country is as fortunate.   It is...