On October 1st, we celebrate the feast day of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, a Discalced Carmelite nun and Doctor of the Church. Ever since I was a young child, I have had a great fondness for this great saint. I was fascinated by her Little Way, a deceptively simple path to holiness that was rooted … More The Little Way of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
Today, the Church celebrates the feast day of St. Edith Stein, OCD, a Discalced Carmelite nun, theologian and brilliant philosopher, convert from Judaism, and victim of the Holocaust. I’ve written a blog entry on St. Edith a few years ago, after visiting the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. In it, I included the letter she … More St. Edith Stein – A Martyr of Minority
As we begin a new year and as we prepare to enter into a new age in our nation’s history, let us take time to remember who we are as the people of God. The recent presidential election has catalyzed, or at least made painfully visible, a lot of the division and anger that was … More Novena for Peace and Justice
I have continued to pray and reflect on the elections these past few days, which have been dark, heavy, and painful for me. I have also reflected on my last post, which , in my panic, may have been said too prematurely, too hastily, without sitting in my pain and in others’ pain. Although I believe … More We need to talk.
Today is the feast of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux (1873 – 1897), the great Discalced Carmelite nun, Doctor of the Church, mystic, and prophet of Love. Along with Saint Francis of Assisi, Thérèse is my favorite saint and the one whom I most desire to emulate. In Story of a Soul, her autobiography written as she was … More Pure Love: The Feast of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
Dear Friends, This is just to alert you about the impending expiration of legislation that is important to all religious organizations. Since 1990, there has been a U.S. program that allows non-clergy religious workers (non-ordained) to obtain permanent residence (i.e, green cards) to work in their religious occupation in the United States. The legislation authorizing this program … More PSA: Let our Brother and Sister Religious Stay!
As part of my growing interest in immigration reform, I asked my Director of Formation earlier this year to allow me to spend my summer internship learning Spanish. An opportunity presented itself when Fray Tomas, a friar from Mexico, visited Holy Name College to give a presentation on the migrant and refugee crisis in Mexico … More Summer in Tenosique
On Saturday, May 21st, approximately 60 members of the Franciscan family, including friars, sisters, and our partners in ministry, gathered at San Damiano Hall in New York City for Franciscan Common Ground, an inter-Franciscan conference on migration. Franciscan Common Ground was organized by Julian Jagudilla, OFM and the Migrant Center of the Church of St. … More Franciscan Common Ground
This Sunday, May 22 is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. On this holy day, I offer up this beautiful prayer written by St. Elizabeth of the Trinity (July 18, 1880 – November 9, 1906), the Carmelite nun, mystic, and contemporary of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Elizabeth wrote beautifully about the indwelling of the Holy … More O My God, Trinity Whom I Adore,
Earlier this week, on Monday, April 18th, my Brothers and I joined thousands of social justice advocates, religious leaders, and immigrant men, women, and children in front of the Supreme Court in support of President Obama’s executive actions, DACA and DAPA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans). Friars, postulants, and lay … More #FightforFamilies