Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Today I began a kind of retreat, or in-service or renewal program. At the first talk the friars read an abbreviated history of our Order in the United States. It was very moving to hear all of the accomplishments of the men who came before me. Our Province was once 350 men it seems like such a distant memory. In the reflection a very simple point was made… one which I have to mediate on a lot more. Even though religious life in America seems to be waning it is simply too easy to point our fingers at the culture or the times or whatever. Renewal of religious live in our country has to start with me. The only person I can change is me. What do I have to change in my life to be a more authentic son of St. Francis and a more faithful priest for the Church? If things aren't going well that is really the only question I can ask. What about me. The buck stops here….

Thank you Lord for a safe journey, Thank you for the joy of seeing so many friars again.

Into your hands oh Lord I commend my spirit.
Into your hands oh Lord I commend my spirit
You have redeemed me Lord God of Truth
I commend my spirit
Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit
Into your hands oh Lord I commend my spirit.


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