Today Jesus Shows Us How to Find Our Vocation

In the readings for last Sunday (3rd Sunday Ordinary Time Mk 1:14-20, 1 Cor 7:29-31, Jonah 3:1-5,10) the prophet Jonah says, “Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed.”  In Hawaii this last week, there was a false alarm alert that said there were incoming missiles. The all clear signal, and notification that it was…

Be a Star!

Life is a journey. Every journey has a destination. What is your life’s destination? Is it a nice home, a warm climate, a nice neighborhood? Is it to achieve success, security, fame, or wealth? Is it perhaps to find and love a spouse, and raise a family? Today’s feast of the Epiphany, shows us our…

Your Vocation Starts Today!

When I talk to those thinking about becoming a Franciscan, I sometimes hear them express a thought similar to, ‘I’m not ready yet, in a few more years I will begin my vocation.’ To that idea, I wish to respond: ‘You do not have to wait to start your vocation. Your vocation can start today!’ …

St. Francis on Bad Priests

On one occasion, a parishioner brought to the attention of St. Francis a priest involved in a scandalous affair. He asked St. Francis to go and correct the priest. The first thing St. Francis did was to kneel and kiss the hands of the priest. (From the Thirteenth-Century Testimonies #6.) St. Francis was not condoning…

Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s

…and to God what is God’s.  These are Jesus’ words in answer to the challenge of the Pharisees trying to trap him, that we hear in the 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time Mass readings in the Gospel of Matthew (22:15-21). Does this mean that what we do in our social structures, such as in government…

What is the Right Use of Freedom?

“In those days, in their thirst for water, the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “Why did you ever make us leave Egypt? Was it just to have us die here of thirst with our children and our livestock?” (Ex 17:3) The third Sunday of Lent recounts the Exodus, where just after being freed from over…