Journey thru John, Chapter 6: Francis’ Passion for the Eucharist

I know that as a Franciscan, I should say Assisi.  But in all honesty, if there was one place in the world that I could go, I would pick Capernaum.  The archaeologists (some of them Franciscan friars, who are the caretakers for the site) say that the ruins of the synagogue that stand there todayContinue reading “Journey thru John, Chapter 6: Francis’ Passion for the Eucharist”

Journey thru John, Chapter 5: Obedience and Spiritual Poverty

—————————- John Chapter 5, Verse 30: “I can do nothing on my own.  As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.” When I think of Jesus conforming himself to the will of God, I generally think of JesusContinue reading “Journey thru John, Chapter 5: Obedience and Spiritual Poverty”

Interacting in Community Despite the Pandemic

“Peace and Joy to all my brothers and sisters in Francis and Clare: This Saturday will make the second fraternity meeting that we will not have been together. I miss you all and our common joy and hugs and laughter.  I was thinking that now would be a good time to reflect on this year’s Lent.Continue reading “Interacting in Community Despite the Pandemic”

Journey thru John, Chapter 4: Encounter and Conversion

We all probably have an image of a well in our head that originates in the fairy tales of our youth.  Mine includes a garden with plants in riotous bloom and a backdrop of shade-giving green leafy trees.  The well is circular and has stone walls a little less than waist high.  It has aContinue reading “Journey thru John, Chapter 4: Encounter and Conversion”

About, the Podcast

You can hear our conversation by simply clicking play on the bar below. I think its safe to say that we were pleased with the outcome. More podcasts will definitely be something you can look forward to in the future. Please be aware that this particular podcast actually had more than one purpose. While itContinue reading “About, the Podcast”

Journey Thru John, Chapter 3: Proximity and Joy

What is it that you know about Francis that leads you to that conclusion?  Did you go into the historical documents in search of support for your conclusion?  Did you look at the SFO Rule and see how it might relate to the passage you chose? Is your confidence in your ability to pray overContinue reading “Journey Thru John, Chapter 3: Proximity and Joy”

Opportunity in Hardship: The Example of St. Francis

At this stage, several weeks into the pandemic with who knows how many weeks yet to go, I find myself easily distracted.  Despite my pensiveness, I can’t help but feel this time is full of opportunity.  The practical secular in me thinks I should use this time to catch up on worldly things.  But theContinue reading “Opportunity in Hardship: The Example of St. Francis”

Journey thru John, Chapter 2: Mary as Advocate

Was your prayer an effort to go “from Gospel to life and life to Gospel”?  Did you do your own reflection for this month? Did you consider sharing that reflection with your brothers and sisters? —————————- John Chapter 2, Verses 3 to 5: When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him,Continue reading “Journey thru John, Chapter 2: Mary as Advocate”

Journey thru John, Chapter 1: The Will of God

As we begin our immersion in the Gospel of John, I would be remiss if I did not start with just a few words about process and format. The type of prayer I am describing applies principles from the practice known within the Church as Lectio Divina. That term goes all the way back toContinue reading “Journey thru John, Chapter 1: The Will of God”

Journey thru John, the Introduction: Seeking His Glory in Everything

These are the words they used to make that commitment: Ritual of the Secular Franciscan Order, Rite of Profession: I, (state your name), by the grace of God, renew my baptismal promises and consecrate myself to the service of his Kingdom. Therefore, in my secular state I promise to live all the days of myContinue reading “Journey thru John, the Introduction: Seeking His Glory in Everything”