A Sign of Hope

Dear Friends, In this Sunday’s Gospel, as the disciples argue about who’s in charge, Jesus asks them to back off and places a child in the midst of them. Here’s the sign against which to measure their life as a community. A child – what image, sign, or sacrament could speak more directly to our […]

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Dear Friends, Peace and all good be yours! The imagination can be a powerful tool in praying with scriptures and discerning God’s direction and the path ahead. I was reminded of this by a wise Jesuit who gave a wonderful homily I was privileged to hear last Monday evening. He invited us, his listeners, to […]

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Dear Friends, In training as a friar/student (years ago), I had the opportunity to teach a course in public speaking to undergraduates earning degrees in fields like engineering and nursing. Turns out, teaching was a good way to learn. During that year one of my professors made an observation that I have never forgotten. Yes, […]

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Time of Sacred Transition

Dear Friends, Peace and all good be yours! Thirty days hath September and this year at the parish they offer us a time of sacred transition. The context in which we find ourselves – global shifts, church scandal, approaching national elections – is crying out to us to enter the wounds and pain of our […]

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God Loved Us First

Dear Friends, At a recent Pastoral Council meeting, one of those in attendance was called on by surprise to present her committee’s report. She paused a moment to collect herself and then, with great poise and vigor, challenged us to remember why our parish exists and why we were all sitting there. “God loved us […]

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Horizontal Perspective

Dear Friends, In a now famous episode in his journey of conversion, St. Francis of Assisi kneeled before a cross in a small chapel dedicated to St. Damian.   He experienced the Lord speaking to him from the cross with the instruction to go rebuild my house, which as you see is falling into ruins. The […]

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What’s a novice?

Dear Friends, Two weeks ago at the 9am Mass we introduced 14 new Franciscan novices now residing here at the Mission. After mass I was asked a question likely on the minds of many: What’s a novice? A novice is a friar who is in his first official year of training as a Franciscan. As […]

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Working Through Us

Dear Friends, As Jesus began to invite his disciples into a new way of seeing, experiencing, and connecting with God, he opened a time of change. Jesus’s own love and compassion were now at the center. Facing a hungry people with his disciples, the key question became the question of trust. Working through us, can […]

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None Shall Be Missing

Dear Friends, As Pastor (derived from the Latin word meaning shepherd), the readings for this Sunday jump out at me like the yellow signs along the freeway: WARNING Caution Ahead! “Woe to the shepherds” cries Jeremiah, while in our Gospel Jesus is moved in his heart seeing those whose leaders have left them “like sheep […]

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