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Privileged Stewards

Screen shot 2015-07-30 at 11.50.47 am After describing the Kingdom of heaven and the end of the age like a dragnet that brings in everything and then separates the good from the bad, Jesus tells his disciples that “every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.”  In contrast to the messages that we often receive from our consumeristic culture, not everything new is better or even good and not everything old is bad.  At the same time, mere longevity isn&rsquo...

“Going Viral”…In a Good Way

Screen shot 2015-07-27 at 6.35.32 pm Over the weekend, I heard a radio interview with Jon Ronson, the author of So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed, which chronicles how quickly and broadly criticism, errors and often venom can spread and cause serious consequences when a person’s mistake—an ignorant or insensitive comment, a careless action or even an intimate moment vaingloriously recorded for personal use—“goes viral.”  It can have devastating consequences:  estrangement from family and friends, professional harm, job loss, and even threats of injury and death.  Over the past year, there have been a...
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Holmes, Garlic and the Kingdom

Screen shot 2015-07-24 at 10.51.11 am St. Brigit of Sweden Matthew 13:10-17 Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic detective, remains popular well over a century after A Study in Scarlet, Doyle’s first novel, first appeared in 1887. Whether in print, an older film featuring Basil Rathbone, the Granada TV series starring Jeremy Brett, or in the BBC’s Sherlock with Benjamin Cumberbatch, Holmes has captivated his audiences with his mixture of quirkiness, energy and above all, his intelligence and sensory acuity.  Holmes’ friend and colleague, Dr. John Watson, seems almost perpetually a half step behind him in solving cases...

First Vows, Jubilees, and Final Vows

11017238 973171456068468 1799948396869872296 o The Capuchins went for gold when in a single service it celebrated the perpetual profession of Br. Jerry Cornish, the first profession of Br. Anthony Kote-Witah, Br. Brenton Ertel, and Br. Merwyn D'Silva, and celebrated 50th, 60th, and 65th jubilees of many friars. It was quite a spectacle to watch the new commitments of younger members while others celebrated their jubilees of doing the same thing half a century earlier! Congratulations to all on the accomplishments. God is smiling upon us all! FIRST VOWS  Capuchin Friars Anthony Kote-Witah, Merwyn D'Silva, and Brenton Ertel join Capuchin...