Celebrating mass with 300 eager souls at Camp Damascus … Priceless. “God is everywhere you want to go” #paxetbonum http://ow.ly/i/w45s2
http://ow.ly/d/6rl9 Discern your call to the Franciscans and spend a weekend living the common life of the friars, and witness their charism. RSVP required to Friar John at 1800-424-9955. Peace & all good!
Do you believe in evil? Does God permit evil to happen or create it? Sophomores dove into the deep waters of meaningful conversation across the globe from Rwanda to local issues in Louisville. In Mrs. White’s religion class we discussed the tragic story of the genocide that occurred in 1994 when the Hutu majority set out to exterminate the Tutsi people through a horror-filled campaign of murder and slaughter. One million Tutsi’s were assassinated and we heard the story of one survivor Immaculee Ilibagiza who hid in pastor Murinzi’s bathroom with 7 other women. Her courage and tenacity to survive carried her through the next 3 months of terror. Immaculee learned to forgive despite a hellish landscape of evil encroaching upon her. We had a lively discussion on the presence of evil in the world and what evidence we have of evil around us. How does someone respond to insidious evil that murders your own family members, and how does one, if ever, begin to forgive?
One ray of hope throughout this bleak story of genocide is Our Lady of Kibeho. The mother of Jesus, Our Lady of Kibeho, began visiting the children of Rwanda asking them to pray the chaplet of sorrows devotion on behalf of their country. The message Our Lady was communicating of a terrible sorrow descending upon Rwanda that would turn rivers of water in to rivers of blood. The providential timing of this story amazes listeners to learn that these Marian messages occurred 12 years before the genocide occurred. These prophetic messages about what was going to happen to the country of Rwanda, and then actually happened, began an outpouring of faith. Thousands of people and children responded to this plea for prayer from all faiths, from all backgrounds, across the entire country. The Vatican, in a rare pronouncement on behalf of the Catholic Church, has approved and endorsed these messages from Our Lady of Kibeho as authentic. We distributed prayer guides in the classroom on how to pray the sorrowful chaplet and 2 lucky St X sophomores received prayer bracelets made up of 7 beads for the 7 sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
St Francis of Assisi would want us to know that we all share a common “minoritas” when compared to the greatness of God. We are not made up of the greater status of God, but actually we comprise the lesser status of humanity, we live the everyday “minoritas.” The Creator is the greater, the creation is the lesser. A humble position of lesser standing when a little one is in the presence of greatness-this is minoritas. God is great and we humans will be forever humbled in the presence of greatness. The classic church hymn, “How Great Thou Art” is a demonstration of our posture toward the greatness of God, one of awe and magnificence. TAU is the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet and a strong reminder for St Francis to view himself as little, small, and beholding of last place, always dependent upon God. St. Francis would likely change this stirring church hymn to “How Great TAU art” in a way that elevates humanity to acknowledge each person created in “the image of God”, and because we resemble the Creator we are all raised toward God. Each lesser human person shares the greater dignity and nobility of royal origins from the breath of existence we all received from our Creator. Our common ancestry as children of God binds us all to a royal bloodline, and calls us all to protect life that aligns to our dignity. In light of genocide we always need reminders of the preciousness of life. Thanks to the students and faculty of St X who affirm the sanctity of all life and even invited a little friar to bring this powerful message to Religion class. Maybe you could ask the nearest teenager how they view evil through the lens of horrendous events in the world like genocide. Does evil exist, and if so, how do you know?
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
Fix your eyes on the heights and soar for the heavens. http://ow.ly/i/rv7zC
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.
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.
A wonderfully wise woman has taught me this!!! http://ow.ly/i/r2v7w
Just what I needed to get out of bed this morning!!! Thx St Mary Lanesville!!!! http://ow.ly/i/r2vbf