Today, we commemorate the entrance of the Lord into Jerusalem. As we prayerfully prepare ourselves to enter into Holy Week, I offer here a reflection I wrote for Franciscans International which uses the Seven Last Words of Jesus Christ as a meditation on the current global migration crisis. By reflecting on the Passion of Christ … More The Seven Last Words
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.
On or around April 16th, professed members of the Order of Friars Minor renew their vows and commitment to live life according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was on this day, 807 years ago, that St. Francis of Assisi and his brothers received approval of their forma vitae from Pope Innocent III. 1209 … More Vow Renewal, a Reflection on Obedience
Every morning on my way to chapel, I pass by a tapestry banner of St. Clare of Assisi and this one of St. Oscar Romero. These banners were made two years ago by Br. Ramon Razon, OFM, one of the friars who resided at Holy Name College during my postulancy year. He highlighted the process … More Remembering St. Oscar Romero
One of the greatest blessings for me this past year have been the relationships I have formed with my fellow Sisters in religious life, especially the Poor Clares and the Franciscan Sisters. Throughout my Postulancy, I have journeyed with some of these amazing women along our path of following Christ in the example of Saints … More Sisters in Fraternity
As with St. Francis of Assisi, St. Clare’s image has suffered from popular varnishing that, however well-intentioned, has come to cloud our vision of the great saint under a rosy haze of hagiography and piety. This past summer, during my studies at the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University, I was acquainted with writings and … More Reenvisioning St. Clare of Assisi
As my time here at St. Bonaventure University quickly draws to a close, the things I will cherish most are the new friendships I formed in the past few weeks. Apart from spending more time with my OFM Brothers, who will be joining me in the Novitiate next month, I’ve met some other truly wonderful Brothers … More New Sisters, One Big Happy Family