Divine Mercy Sunday shows the Importance of the Church

The Feast of the Divine Mercy is an important feast of the Church, inviting us to more fully appreciate the depth of God’s Mercy. In today’s Gospel (Jn 20:19-31), we hear of the Resurrected Jesus appearing on two consecutive Sundays to the Apostles in the upper room. It is most significant, that although resurrected, Jesus…

A Physicist & Ex-Engineer discuss the existence of God

I recently had coffee and discussed the case for the existence of God with an agnostic who was considering becoming Catholic. He has a Ph.D. in Physics, and my background prior to being a friar, was Electrical Engineering. Our common background of the scientific approach made for a good discussion. I personally, have never been…

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…