Dear Friend, “Look at you, you’ve saved the best wine until last!” In so many words, the guests at the wedding feast in Cana spoke to their host 2000 years ago. Today the words still sparkle with the truth of how God works with us through Jesus Christ. Newness, generosity, flavor – these abide as […]

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Beginnings…

Dear Friend, As we celebrate the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord this weekend, our Gospel invites us to see our earliest beginnings in a new way.  In Luke’s account the baptism of Jesus takes us back to the first verses of scripture, where the Spirit breathes over the waters and God delights in […]

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Epiphany

Dear Friend, Our early morning celebration of the Solstice Mass just over two weeks ago gave us a preview of what we celebrate this Sunday in the feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. It’s all about time and light and how God reaches out to us through these great realities of our life. To […]

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Let’s Go

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Several months ago I taped a poem to the wall over the desk where I sit each morning. The words of the poem seem to take on new meaning, depending on what life is presenting me at the moment. Today that would be this moment when we begin a new year […]

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Memories

Dear Friend, Maybe it’s the tone of the season – darkness, mystery – or maybe it’s Luke’s power as a storyteller.  For whatever reason, I find the Advent readings triggering all kinds of personal memories for me. For instance, this week I’m remembering the time years ago when I came home to the friary after […]

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Infallible?

Dear Friends, In the fall of 1983, in the throes of much uncertainty about my future, I visited a friend in Stockton, California and listened again to his suggestion that I consider joining the Franciscans. I might start, he said, by actually meeting one of them. So it was that I found myself standing at […]

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Participation and Belonging

Dear Friends, On this second Sunday of Advent, our scripture readings are charged with hope.  The prophet Baruch, the missionary Paul, and the highly skilled gospel writer Luke are sounding a single and strong invitation to us: step into the story of salvation! Baruch is writing to a people who have been exiled to Babylon. […]

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Virgil Cordano Center

Dear Friends, As Advent begins this year, so does the Father Virgil Cordano Center.  The Center was the brainchild of the Daughters of Charity at St. Vincent’s in conversations with the friars here at the Mission.  The question had come up of how to connect more directly with our brothers and sisters living on the […]

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Thanksgiving…

Dear Friends, For Thanksgiving, here’s a word from our dear friend and brother, Father Alex Manville.  Father Alex served as principal at Bishop High School and was later Pastor at Sts. Simon and Jude where his bulletin letters were treasured by many parishioners long after his death in 2016.  In 1990, he wrote: “I woke […]

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Time is Precious….

Dear Friends, Some years ago, a friar who knows me well observed that I’m the kind of person who tends to view time as though it were a delicious pie. Life is exciting and tasty!  The problem, he pointed out, was that I also have the mistaken belief that I can slice that pie into […]

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