Blog Posts for "Love"

Charity

“One night while all were sleeping, one of (Saint Francis) flock cried out: ‘Brothers! I’m dying!  I’m dying of hunger!’ At once that extraordinary shepherd got up, and hurried to treat the sick lamb with the right medicine.  He ordered them to set the table, although filled with everyday fare.  Since there was no wine- as often happened- they made do with water. Francis started eating first. Then, he invited the rest of the brothers to do the same, for charity’s sake, so their brothers would not be...

Idolatry—Misdirected Love and Devotion

The late Fr. Pedro Arupe, who served as Minister General of the Jesuits, reflected on the importance of love in the life of a follower of Jesus.  “Nothing is more practical,” he wrote, “than finding God, than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way.”  “What you are in love with,” he continued, “what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, whom you...

the little cross

Today, we had a silent day of recollection at the novitiate. At one point, we were told to go out and meditate on the crucified Christ (a very Franciscan subject). So, I went out and sat on the road with my rosary's cross to pray and reflect. I faced the East, towards the vale. As I looked out across the fields, I couldn't help but be struck with awe at the beauty of this place. But one particular trait of this vista captivated me: its sheer immensity. The deep, downward curves of the earth laid a golden...

Amoris Laetitia: Evolution Not Revolution

Thursday of the 3rd Week of Easter Last Friday, the Holy See released Pope Francis’ latest apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia or The Joy of Love.  It’s his reflection on the work of the Synod on the Family, an engaging and sometimes contentious process that sought to consider and address the many challenges faced by married couples and families throughout the world.  A lot of attention in the press (religious as well as secular) has been on how the document deals with “hot button” issues like communion for divorced Catholics, contraception and same-sex marriage....

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