A New Way to Fast? Jesus answered and sa

A New Way to Fast?
Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will be- come in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.” Jesus said to her, “Go call your husband and come back” (Jn 4:13-16). The living water, the gift of the Holy Spirit, can only be given by the Lord Jesus whom the Father sent into the world to give to all men and women eternal life, that is, never ending happiness. As the Pope re- minds us “only the water that Jesus offers, the living water of the Spirit, can quench” man’s “thirst for the infinite” (Benedict XVI, homily 24 February 2008). Man is able to give his fellow humans, affection, money, power, human glory, honor, career … but not endless happiness which, since it is an unlimited good, belongs to the divine, infinite sphere! The living water flows only from the divine source. The Samaritan woman went to a well which was deep, but limited, whereas unlimited was her thirst for happiness and love. The woman, the Holy Father tells us, “ represents the existential dissatisfaction of one who does not find what he seeks”. How often man seeks the infinite, the eternal, well=being…but sadly continues to seek it in a well, in a reality, the earthly reality, which is unable to contain it. How many wells, deep but empty, how many wells of stagnant water, we have met on our way! We carry within us immense desires and easily deceive our- http://ow.ly/i/sB50g

3 Visiting Postulants

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Brandon Greene, Bobby Mahas, Chuch Mattingly (Franciscan Kitchen Director), & Louis Lugo

Our three OLC postulants Brandon, Bobby, and Louis finished their Midwest visit to many of the friars’ ministry apostolates.  This is an effort to solidify relationships to the province of Our Lady of Consolation and all the engaging ministries of the friars. We did not cover all the diverse ministries in the Kentuckiana area however we did visit the following: St Anthony Clarksville’s school mass and classroom visits, Eddie and Laura Bauer and their multifaceted Media outreach, Archives & Mission Appeals with Friar Dennis, Retreat Ministry with Friar Bob Baxter, Development Office with Ladonna Mitchell, Provincial Office with Friar Jim, Audubon Hospital and St Martin de Porres parish with Friar Conrad, Tribunal Office and Provincial Secretary Office with Friar Nick, St Mary Navilleton with Friar Pius, St Mary New Albany with Friar Tom M, St Mary Lanesville with Friar Bob S., Ashram House at Holy Family Parish including the friars Campus Ministry at Bellarmine University, and Franciscan Kitchen in downtown Louisville.  It has been an enriching look into all the great ministry of the friars over the January break and the postulants reflected it has been a worthwhile visit and engaging fraternity with all the friars. Thanks for the many friars who took time out of a busy schedule to make this happen.

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Jerry, Dennis, & Friar John clean 491 trays today!

Please continue to pray for our Postulants as they report back to Kenmore House of Postulancy on January 23rd.

The Gift of St Leonard’s

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Happy Birthday Friar!!!

On the Feast Day of St Leonard of Port Maurice, November 26th, 2016 this friar received the most wonderful birthday invitation.  Not only was this Feast Day my 50th birthday, but I also had the unique privilege to celebrate mass with the children of St Leonard’s School and celebrate the 60th anniversary of the parish & school with Rev. B.J. Breen, St Leonard’s pastor.   We introduced the vocation story of St Leonard who was born on December 20th, 1676 and was an excellent student.  Given his academic brilliance and fine communications skills his life was on a trajectory toward a medical career as a physician.  He lived in Rome with his Uncle Agostino and attended the Jesuit Roman College.  When the Divine Physician led him to a higher calling to seek the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience as a Franciscan friar, his uncle disowned him.  I like to say he continued to work in the medical field, only he healed the soul as well as the body when he stood in for the person of Christ, the Divine Physician.  St Leonard was known as an excellent preacher, professor, and retreat master.  When he led a parish mission it often lasted for 15 to 18 days with a week of confessions afterwards.  Now that is one faithfully committed missionary as well as a long-winded preacher!!!

For the Feast of All the Franciscan Saints, which occurs every year on November 29th,

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we played a Franciscan Saints game with some of the upper classes participating.  Mrs. Janice Berry kindly led me throughout the school and introduced me to staff and teachers, and opened doors and opportunities to me that I’m truly in her debt.  I would have been lost without her selfless dedication and hospitality.  It was such a wonderful way to share our common love for all things Franciscan and be surrounded by so many open hearts living the Franciscan dream.  One of the eager students of St Leonard’s shared with me when asked, “what is a vocation?” His reply was, “what God calls you to BE”.  I am amazed at the wisdom that comes forth from the mouth of babes!! Thanks for a wonderful day to celebrate a benchmark birthday and a joyful Feast Day of St Leonard along with the eager prospect to return and share more of our common Franciscan heritage!

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