Blog Posts for "Charism"

Stirring the Embers

Ss. Timothy and Titus 2 Timothy 1:1-8; Mark 3:22-30 When a fire is dying out, we can often revive it by stirring the embers.  Several years ago our General Minister, Br. Mauro Jöhri, used this image from St. Paul’s second letter to his young and struggling protégé, Timothy, to encourage the friars to reignite the flame of our charism throughout the world.  As brothers, indeed as Christians, we’re not only the embers to be stirred but are also called to be the sticks for each other and ourselves, poking, prodding, rousing and above all encouraging a greater...

Gifts, Charisms, and Conversion

Authentic entrance into religious life always involves a conversion. Every conversion begins with feelings of dissatisfaction about one’s present situation. A conversion seeks a fulfillment that one’s past and present has yet to deliver. Conversion pursues something new. For many, this something new is a person with whom one falls in love. Marriage is a conversion from the single-state to a committed life with another. As regular as that move is, it is a significant conversion of life style for anyone who chooses it. Entrance into a religious order is also a conversion. But religious life, which is...

Lumen Gentium and the Sensus Fidelium

In Chapter 2, section 12, Lumen Gentium speaks about the prophetic nature of the Church and the Sensus Fidelium, or the Sense of the Faithful. As I spoke in the last article about the importance of anointing, the whole People of God shares in the prophetic office of Christ. “The whole body of the faithful who have received an anointing which comes from the holy one cannot be mistaken in belief. It shows this characteristic through the entire people’s supernatural sense of the faith, when ‘from the bishops to the last of the faithful’ it manifests a universal consensus in matters...

Blog from Capuchin Conference on Migration in Ñaña -- Day Three

I continue to blog from the Capuchin Conference on Migration in Ñaña, Perú for the third day. ~~ In the morning, Luiz Carlos Susin, OFM Cap. gave a presentation on the development of ecclesiastical and magisterial teachings on migration. This teaching has been historically based on three foundations, he said. First of all, the church has had an interest in not losing Catholics by assuring that the spiritual needs of migrants would be provided for in the lands they migrated to. Secondly, with John XXIII and Paul VI the church's foundations for a discussion of migration shifted to include notions...

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