Blog Posts for "St Francis"

“Preach the Gospel at all times, if necessary, use words”

Our student house in Chicago, Saint Clare Friary, is settled in two separate, but very nearby buildings. Everyday those of us who live in Saint Agnes Friary walk over to the main house, Saint Clare, for Morning Prayer and Mass and again later in the day for Evening Prayer and supper. Not to mention the countless other times for meetings, to get mail, and everything in between. Recently one of our brothers was walking over in the morning when he noticed a police patrol car coming toward him on the street with his lights flashing. As he stood on the...

Finding Our Portiuncula Wherever We Are

Feast of Our Lady of the Angels of the Portiuncula One of the highlights of my life as a friar came during the Capuchin General Chapter in 2012—a five-week gathering that saw us rewrite our Constitutions, elect the brothers who would lead us, and address a number of other areas of concern to the order.  In light of the relative isolation of the Collegio San Lorenzo outside of Rome and the sometimes heavy schedule of general assemblies, caucus meetings and other working sessions, the planners of the General Chapter wisely provided us with a series of weekly outings.  One of...

Trash is Beautiful?: Ecology, Franciscanism, and Slavoj Zizek

"Hans-Jürgen Schult’s, known as HA Schult is a conceptual artist who often uses trash to create his art. In 1996 he created an art installation titled Trash People where he constructed one thousand life size ‘people’ made from crushed cans, electronic waste and other refuse from human consumption." This AP picture was taken outside the Cathedral in Cologne, Germany.(picture and quoted part of caption from http://ladyofthearts.blogspot.com/2011/01/h-schult-trash-people-and-beach-garbage.html)This morning I watched The Examined Life, a film featuring philosophers such as Cornel West, Judith Butler, Slavoj Zizek and Avital Ronell and others. Here's the IMDB...

My Vocation Story: "How Do You Know Religious Life Is Right For You?"

For those who are discerning on entering religious life there are always many things on one's mind. "Is it for me? How do I know this is the right way for me to live out my baptismal call? Am I ready to make such a huge sacrifice such as religious life? Will I succeed or will I fail? Am I good enough?" The list could literally go on forever. I can only answer these questions through my own discernment and how all these questions were answered for me in my own life. I hope that my own experiences are able...

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