Blog Posts for "Novitiate"

A Call to Compassion

For the last half of the week I have been sick. I have confined myself to staying in my room for most of that time just in case whatever ails me is contagious. I wouldn’t want to share my sickness with the other guys I live with. I did not join the guys when they would eat communally nor did I join them for daily liturgy. The latter took some reflection before I was able to reach that decision. My first gut reaction was to “suck it up”  and go to prayer which would have been fine if we...

Communal Prayer At Novitiate

In the friaries that I have lived in before novitiate, I have had the impression that in the friary we start with prayer, go out into the cities to share the fruits of our prayer through our ministries and our social lives, then we bring our day back into the friary chapel to reflection and prayer. This is at least the how I’ve experienced that part of Capuchin life so far. This view gives me the impression of our friaries being open to the city. This is one of the major ways in which mendicant orders differ from monastic...

Seeing Christ in the Homeless

Now that novitiate is well under way it is time to start our various ministries. We were given several choices and asked to hand in our top three preferences. The choices were: -St. Mark’s University parish which is located near the University of California at Santa Barbara, where the ministry would mainly be campus ministry and working with the homeless population of the local area.-Mission Santa Inéz, which is run by the Capuchins of the California Province.-Catholic Charities in Santa Barbara County-Atterdag Village, which is a retirement home providing different levels of care including independent living,...

The Need for Solitude

                At the novitiate we have a large community and we have been called to live fraternally. Living fraternally as brothers has many great gifts and good that comes just from having so many people around that you know and grow to care for. Here we pray together, eat together, work together, minister together, clean together, and recreate together. But all of us have a need for time alone, which can be a challenge for some if they aren’t used to living with twenty-five others. Of course, we are all unique and have unique needs for time alone, some needing...

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