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How can I get my children to return to the Church without nagging?

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Fr. Jim Van Vurst recently answered a mother’s confidential question  Since this is a very common concern for parents, with her permission, we are sharing Fr. Jim’s wise advice.
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Dear Mary Ann,

Thanks for writing. As I read your email, I was reminded that in today’s world no one has a more difficult ministry and work than a mom. And the reason is simple: You, I know, would lay down your life for your loved ones. It would be automatic for you to do that. That’s what moms do. But it’s almost harder to stand by and watch them fumble around, trying to figure out what they are doing and need to do. They have grown up (young people that is) in a totally mixed up world where society so often by word and example gives the WORST kind of advice. So, society has laid out for them a set of values and one of those is “do whatever feels good to you.” And that’s why religious activities have little “feel good” aspect about them and why they are not attractive at all for many young people in society. So, as you said, nagging will accomplish nothing or even worse bring about the very opposite.

children to return to the ChurchBut I want to approach this with you from a different point of view. Your role, it seems to me right now, is to be the “pray-er person” for your family…the intercessor and the advocate. Now, that means that your influence might seem less than if you could challenge the young ones. But of course, that would cause just the opposite to happen. Young people today are living in a society that constantly holds up bad examples, e.g. selfishness, “you first in everything” etc.

I want to emphasize that as a woman of faith and given your age and wisdom and life experience….you are the most important person in their lives right even if you don’t say a word to them or question, scold, argue, etc. Right now it is YOU AND GOD together going to spiritual battle for them. It’s an act of faith on your part but you are the kind of person, I think, who knows what faith really means…and that includes trust and hope. Above all, show your love for them and compliment them when they deserve compliments. Remember, if you love them as Mom and Grandma, God loves them infinitely and I guarantee you He is after them. Keep in mind too, more people today go through a growing up number of years and remember “wisdom comes with age.” And usually wisdom comes from learning from mistakes and finally waking up to what life is really about. Give them time to go through what they have to go through….and pray for them all every day. That’s the best thing you can do.

My prayers are with them and you.

God bless,
Fr. Jim Van Vurst, OFM

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Search for identity as a Catholic woman

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Have you ever been dead tired?
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Colleen Mitchell

We all get tired from time to time. But have you ever felt so drained that you just can’t take it anymore? Have you ever withdrawn from God and others because you don’t have the strength to move forward?

Colleen Mitchell has been there, and she has been lifted up by the merciful touch of Jesus. This missionary and mother of five shares her experiences and her path to wholeness through God’s healing touch.

Catholic womanWho Does He Say You Are?
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Colleen found healing in the Gospel stories of women who met Jesus. These women had an honest encounter with Christ and were transformed and healed. When we encounter Christ, we are healed also. In Who Does He Say You Are? Women Transformed by Christ in the Gospels, Colleen shares the way these women’s stories spoke to her experience and how they can bring you transformation as well.

Thank you for your support of Franciscan Media and for supporting the charitable works of the Franciscan Friars.
God bless you!

Click here to purchase Who Does He Say You Are?

Click the image below to go to a blog and video message from Colleen at American Catholic.

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Colleen Mitchell has done a series of blog posts and videos about ‘Who does he say you are?’ and the ministry she and her husband founded to honor their son Bryce.

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St. Anthony’s Quad Beer

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Fr. Frank Jasper (left) prays while Fr. Carl Langenderfer blesses the beer mash that will become St. Anthony’s Quad with brewmaster Josh Elliott and Brett Kollmann Baker of Urban Artifact Brewery.

It may be worth a double take when you see a Franciscan friar in habit visiting a local brewery and blessing the beer.   About a year ago, we were approached by one of the owners of Urban Artifact, a local craft brewery located in Northside, Ohio.  Brett Kollmann Baker was inquiring about how we might collaborate to raise money for our ministry and mission.

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Urban Artifact

The St. Anthony Shrine is located in the neighborhood (less than two miles away) and the community-minded owners wanted to create a unique platform to help those less fortunate.  The Urban Artifact taproom is located in the former St. Patrick’s church built in 1873. So the idea of creating a special St. Anthony’s Quad beer was born. “Being a community minded steward is doing good and giving back when you can.  In that regard, we related closely to the Franciscan friars and their mission.”

This was certainly an intriguing idea and peaked my interest.  Yes, it is different but then, times are different.  Many organizations are looking for ways to educate younger people about their mission.  The Franciscans are no different.  The meeting was set.  Fr. Carl Langenderfer, Shrine Guardian and Fr. Frank Jasper, Vicar had the difficult task of tasting some of the beers.

But back to Urban Artifact. How do they harvest wild yeast?

It was really interesting even for me. Full disclosure, I am not a beer fan (yeast allergies) and certainly did not know anything about what it takes to brew a beer.  As enthusiastic brewmasters, they explained the fairly complicated process. We kicked around some ideas and decided to go for it.  We liked the idea that Urban Artifact makes flavors that are unique and true to the area.

St. Anthony's Quad beerThe first step was to place twenty-eight jars covered with cheese cloth and filled with unfermented beer around the Shrine property for about 14 hours to catch the wild yeast.  Once collected, it then is left to sit for three months.

On May 16, Brew Day, Fr. Carl prepared a very fitting blessing while Josh Elliott, the brewmaster allowed Fr. Carl and Fr. Frank to help pour ingredients into the mash for the appropriately named St Anthony’s Quad beer.

The St Anthony Quad beer is a Belgian style quad currently aging in wine barrels from Napa Valley.  Fr. Carl goes down to check on it every now and then and has been very pleased with the progress.  Once the beer is ready for tapping, we’ll have a release party with proceeds going to our ministry and mission.  In addition to the keg, they will also bottle the beer for people to buy as gifts or to take home and enjoy.

We hope you will join us. Cheers!

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Brewmaster Josh Elliott and Brett Kollmann Baker of Urban Artifact.

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St. Anthony’s anonymous friend

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Evelyn B had a strong devotion to St. Anthony.

Her selfless generosity was unknown to us until
we received this touching letter from her family
when she passed away.

May she rest in the arms of the Lord.
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The Pardon of Assisi

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Peaking through the fog sits Santa Maria de Angeles in the valley below Assisi, Italy. The tiny Portiuncula ("little portion") lives inside.

Peaking through the fog sits Santa Maria de Angeles in the valley below Assisi, Italy. The tiny Portiuncula (“little portion”) lives inside; one of the many Franciscan churches where you may receive the Pardon of Assisi.

800th Anniversary of the Pardon of Assisi
August 1 & 2
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General Minister Michael Perry outside the Portiuncula

General Minister Michael Perry outside the Portiuncula

The Pardon of Assisi (or Portiuncula Indulgence) is the possibility to receive a plenary indulgence—elimination of temporal punishment due to sin– at the chapel during the first two days of August.

In St. Francis’ day, people could gain a plenary indulgence by visiting one of three churches: Holy Sepulcher (Jerusalem), St. Peter’s (Rome) or Santiago de Compostela (Spain). Not everyone could afford or undertake such travel, so Francis asked that the Portiuncula be designated such a place. Pope Honorius III agreed in 1216 but restricted this to the anniversary of the chapel’s dedication (August 2).

The Feast of the Pardon of Assisi has since been celebrated between Vespers on August 1 and sundown on August 2. For many centuries, the indulgence could only be received by visiting St Mary of the Angels. However, it is now possible to receive the indulgence at all Franciscan churches and also at all the parish churches in Assisi when meeting the conditions of Communion, Confession and praying for the Pope’s intentions.

The Portiuncula is one of the first churches that St. Francis rebuilt after hearing God’s voice from the San Damiano cross say, “Francis, Francis, go and repair My house which, as you can see, is falling into ruins”.  It is also where he received St. Clare and where he died.

This Holy Year of Mercy is a perfect time to remember God’s great desire to forgive sinners.  Receive your Pardon of Assisi in any of our Franciscan churches.

Click here for a list of parishes in our province.

SJB Provincial Minister Jeff Scheeler celebrates Mass inside the Portiuncula.

SJB Provincial Minister Jeff Scheeler celebrates Mass inside the Portiuncula.

 

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Friars honored in Bloomington, Illinois

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Friars honored with hugs and tears
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St. Mary’s parish honored friars Fr. Ric Schneider, Br. Kevin Duckson, and Fr. Neri Greskoviak at a going-away party that started in the church – packed to the rafters – and continued with a buffet of snacks and desserts at the school.  All three church choirs performed, and when one of them sang And the Father Will Dance, Fr. Neri pranced down the aisle.

Friars Honored“We had a good time,” Fr. Ric says. The parish gave each friar an iPad and “cards and cards and cards; it took me two days to open them.” In lieu of gifts, they had asked parishioners to contribute to a Franciscan Fellowship Legacy Fund “for keeping our Franciscan heritage alive by supporting future parish ministries.”

Earlier in the week the intersection of Mason and Jackson streets was renamed Franciscan Way in honor of the many friars who have served St. Mary’s.

To the St. Mary Parish

“You are a dream for every pastor, you really are,” Fr. Ric, the pastor there for 23 years, told the people who filled every available space in the church, choir loft, sanctuary and gathering space. “You are what every pastor hopes to have because . . . of the spirit of joy here, the spirit of cooperation. It’s just phenomenal.”

Contained within the word “joy” is the secret of their success, he said.

“J stands for Jesus, O for others and Y for yourself, and that’s the way this parish operates,” Fr. Ric Schneider explained. “Jesus is first in everyone’s lives and we do have many outreaches to others. It’s only then that we think of ourselves.”

History Maker award

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Fr. Ric recieves his award from Paul Segobiano (photo by Robert E. Handley Photography)

Guess who got the biggest hand at this year’s History Makers Gala in Bloomington, Ill.? Sixty friends made sure it was Fr. Ric.

Fr. Ric returned to Bloomington June 16 to be honored as one of four local History Makers by the McLean County Museum of History. He was nominated for “building a community and supporting the needs of poor residents, regardless of their faith.”

The annual event attracted 600 guests to the Bone Student Center at Illinois State University.  Fr. Ric was impressed with the program, “a beautiful setup,” he says. “They had a clever way of introducing people [the honorees] to the crowd,” with four “contestants” enacting a quiz show in which they answered questions like, “Which honoree said this or that?” When plaques were presented, “They had a really nice writeup on everyone.”

The rooting section for Fr. Ric, which made up a tenth of the crowd, was composed of people from St. Mary’s and the school as well as Cusillos.  Fr. Ric has led parishes where he subbed for 23 years.  “It was a fun evening,” he says, “more than I expected.”

Excerpts from Jennifer Willems of The Catholic Post
and the SJB News Notes edited by Toni Cashnelli  

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Friars honored: Br. Kevin Duckson, Fr. Ric Schneider, and Fr. Neri Greskoviak, OFM, pose in the sanctuary of St. Mary Church in Bloomington at the conclusion of the farewell celebration. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

 

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Providential faith in St. Anthony

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… there was my bank card, shiny as a star!
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After my beloved husband died, I went through a period filled with chaotic and painful moments.  Not having my finances in order added to the intense grief.  I found myself misplacing so many things, but never faltering in my trust to St. Anthony’s intercession.

For a year I looked for my bank card to no avail.  Giving up and cancelling it was no option.  I would be giving up in my faith in Almighty God through St. Anthony.

A close friend who lives alone was having a birthday and I wanted to treat her to a Chinese dinner.  She had generously treated me often.  I was low on cash.

On my dresser I kept a box with cosmetics which I went through daily as I dressed.

The day before my girlfriend’s birthday, I opened the box, and was stunned… there was my bank card, shiny as a star!

There was no way I could have placed it there.  St. Anthony performed a mystical miracle only our Lord in His mercy could’ve permitted.

The time must have been Providential, for I am more cautious with my spending than ever, and I continue believing in St. Anthony.  I also include him in my prayers to our Lord with such gratitude and trust.

Skeptics may question such things we as Catholics believe in; however, have they seen a divinity, the Holy Spirit, Jesus, God?  Yet, they believe in blind faith, don’t they?

Thank you, St. Anthony, saint of finding and/or restoring lost things….relationships, jobs, valuable belongings, who carries the Christ Child as a symbol of His love and protection.

— Rose

St. AnthonyWe’d love to hear your St. Anthony story too. Use our Contact Page or Email: shrine@franciscan.org or Call Colleen Cushard at: 513-721-4700. Share your prayers with us and our online community at our Prayer Page. You can donate to St. Anthony Bread or any of our ministries at our Donation Page.

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Three friars ordained

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The Litany of the Saints

Three friars say ‘yes’ to ordination
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Why have so many people come so far?  “They are good men and will do great things,” says Jordan Neeck, referring to friends Clifford Hennings, Colin King and Roger Lopez who were ordained June 11.

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Cliff Hennings and Roger Lopez

Jordan is so sure of this that he drove 500 miles from his home, a Norbertine Abbey in Wisconsin, to be part of their ordinations at St. Clement Church in Cincinnati. “I’m here to share in the joy in celebrating their accomplishment and the grace given by God to accept this call.”

In fact, the supporters who fill the sanctuary are almost as excited as the participants.

“I wouldn’t have missed this for the world,” says Chicagoan Marc Butiong, who once spent seven days in Jamaica with the three friars “bringing Eucharist to the sick, helping at the soup kitchen, painting homes for the homeless, putting together care packages for Christmas.” As a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, “It was my foray into being a man of faith. I thank God for them in my life.”

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Colin King

Relatives and lifelong friends feel included and appreciated, with good reason. The three being ordained – Roger and Clifford to the priesthood, Colin to the diaconate – know that ordination does not set them above or apart from other people.  It brings them closer.

“Truly blessed”

David Lukinovich, a friend of Clifford’s family, remembers the kid they called “CD” [for Certificate of Deposit] because “he was going to knock it out of the park in the business world.” Here from Baton Rouge, La., David says the grown-up Clifford “glows with happiness and joy.”

“We come from a lot of different places,” acknowledges Master of Ceremonies Fr. Richard Goodin welcoming guests to an event that seems more like a family reunion than a formal ritual. Ordaining Bishop Joseph Binzer, familiar to friars, is comfortable with this crowd. When Colin’s selection is affirmed by applause, the Bishop responds, “I thought I heard some angels and saints applauding along with us.”

As is his custom, Bishop Binzer met the three friars for a pre-ordination lunch and conversation at what he calls “a gourmet restaurant.” Dining at Skyline Chili, they discussed “their hopes for the future, their trust in the Lord and how truly blessed they are.” When the Bishop asked them, “What might I say to everyone else who is here?” they said, “That everyone who is here today might fall in love more deeply with Jesus Christ, that all of us might commit to serving the Lord.”

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Friars Neri Greskoviak and Joe Ricchini bless Cliff and Roger

In his homily the Bishop quotes a News Notes story in which Colin expressed his excitement and Clifford and Roger talked about serving as Franciscan priests. He also quotes from an address Pope Francis gave during the Jubilee for Priests in Rome. “The Heart of the Good Shepherd tells us that his love is limitless; it is never exhausted and it never gives up,” the Pope told priests. And one papal pronouncement the Bishop especially likes: “He [the priest] is stubborn in doing good, anointed with the divine obstinacy that loses sight of no one.”

Turning to the three friars, the Bishop says, “Thanks for being great examples for all of us of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Know that we are here not just today but [always] to pray for you and support you.”

He calls them forward for the Promise – first Colin, then Clifford and Roger. Each responds to the final query with, “I do, with the help of God.”

“May God who has begun the good work in you bring it to fulfillment,” says Bishop Binzer.

A touching Litany

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Roger Lopez celebrates the Mass

The ceremony unfolds with a sight not often seen, three friars lying prostrate in the aisle, as cantors Br. John Barker and Sacred Heart friar Br. Ed Shea, a comrade in the 2009 walking pilgrimage, intone the Litany of the Saints.

It is the interactions of friars that leave a lasting impression:  Br. Gene Mayer fussing with Colin’s vestments; tears from Fr. Paul Walsman; bear hugs from Fr. Ric Schneider for the newly ordained; the ear-to-ear grins of Fr. Larry Zurek and Fr. Joe Ricchini.

After Communion, Provincial Minister Jeff Scheeler expresses “deep and profound gratitude” to teachers and formators “who have accompanied our brothers along the way,” as well as their families. “Thank you for your support over the years. We promise to try to cherish them as much as you will continue to do.”

And to Clifford, Colin and Roger he says, “Thank you for your generosity, your willingness to serve.” Jeff hopes that “what we have called them to today will go not to their heads, but to their hearts.”

Brotherly love

For Roger’s Mom, Carlotta Lopez, the best moment was “seeing the brotherly love; it’s very touching.”

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Susan Hennings receives communion from her son

“It was so heartfelt, so beautiful, such a genuine thing to see how much joy they had,” says David’s daughter, Mary Lukinovich, who has known Clifford “all my life”.

Clifford chose the friars, says his mother, Susan Hennings, because of “the brotherhood. Watching the priests come and lay their hands on Roger and Clifford was probably the most touching.” Her son Seth, 20, was moved “seeing my brother give Eucharist for the first time.”

When Roger was an altar boy, says Carlotta, “The pastor told me, ‘You’ve got a priest on your hands.’” In high school Roger was voted “most spiritual, most likely to be a priest.” For Carlotta’s part, “I just prayed he would make the right decisions.”

As for Clifford and Colin, open minds and open hearts have helped them find the way. Susan says of her son, “He’s definitely where God wants him to be.”

More photos on our Flickr album Ordinations 2016

this story was originally published in the SJB News Notes, edited by Toni Cashnelli

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L-R: Provincial Minister Jeff Scheeler, Deacon Colin King, Bishop Joe Binzer, Fr. Cliff Hennings, and Fr. Roger Lopez

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Fr. Murray Bodo writes spiritual autobiography

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Piecing together the story of a soul
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Fr. Murray Bodo, OFM, jokes about the girth of his new book.

“Once I started I kept going,” he says of writing his 380-page autobiography, Gathering Shards: A Franciscan Life (Tau Publishing). “Now I can hardly lift it.” He’s a bit embarrassed about the literary importance implied by such heft. “Maybe we can use it as a doorstop?”

Murray BodoAsked by Tau to record the story of his life and his spiritual journey, he initially declined. “I thought it would single me out as somebody worthy of writing an autobiography,” says Murray, one of our foremost Franciscan writers of prose and poetry. “I felt my life was too ordinary to warrant something like this” – that it would seem pretentious or self-indulgent.

Then, he says, “I realized no life is ordinary, and when I had the opportunity to look at it, I see how extraordinary my own life has been,” from a halcyon childhood in the Southwest through days of doubt about the path he pursued, from friendships that helped him hone his craft to the inspiration he found in his adopted home, Assisi. He also realized, “I could not have written this book when I was younger. There’s a certain clarity that comes [at age 78] you wouldn’t have at the time you’re passing through it.”

Deeply personal

Shards of Anasazi pottery

Shards of Anasazi pottery

More than anything, Murray’s 32nd book is an appreciation of his parents and the friars, the friends and the places that shaped his spirituality and kindled his creativity. “My parents and others who loved me and believed in me and let me go are the real protagonists of these memories,” he writes in a foreward.

And because Shards is so personal, “It’s the hardest book I’ve ever written,” Murray says. “The scariest thing was self-disclosure. How much do you tell? How deeply do you get into it? I had the most anxiety when I sent it in and realized, people are going to be reading this! I have never felt that vulnerable.”

The book’s title comes from the pieces of Anasazi pottery Murray collected as a boy near the Navajo Reservation in Gallup, N.M. “The following pages, fragmented and flawed though they are, attempt to gather the shards of my life into a metaphorical pottery bowl similar to those I tried (and failed) to assemble,” he writes in a Dedication. Some of his published poems are the tissue binding the sections. “Poetry has been a way to process my inner life,” he explains.

An adventure begins

Pleasant Street Friary in Over-the-Rhine is about as far from Gallup as you can get. But it’s obvious that Murray’s office with its Native American rugs, pottery and panoramic paintings is occupied by a child of the Southwest.

Polly and Louie Bodo

Polly and Louie Bodo

During the two years of “immersion” he spent writing Shards, he returned to Colorado and New Mexico, “revisiting the places of my youth. I could feel myself being renewed by the landscape. Someone once said, ‘Every landscape you love is the landscape of your youth.’”

The first segment of Shards, a narrative of childhood, is so vividly drawn it’s like stepping into one of the cowboy movies to which young Murray was addicted. Mom Polly and Dad Louie led quietly remarkable lives, as did many hard-working parents tested and tempered by the Great Depression and World War II. What’s striking and relatable is how lovingly Murray describes their sacrifices – and the guilt and gratitude he still feels so deeply. Imagine letting your only child leave home at the age of 14, watching him board a Greyhound bus bound for a seminary 1,500 miles away.

“I was 14 years old; it was a great adventure,” says Murray. “From the time I was 14 I’ve been a pilgrim, away from my roots. The pilgrim spirit is something very congenial to me. I am truly the itinerant friar.”

Though it’s the story of a soul, Gathering Shards is grounded in relationships. “If I only wrote about mystical experiences, that’s a pretty short book because we live an incarnational life.”

Through darkness

Murray with poet Denise Levertov

Murray with poet Denise Levertov

He writes candidly of his spiritual isolation as a Franciscan novice: “It was as if Jesus stood for the last time at the door of my soul and left without even saying goodbye. And no amount of prayer or fasting seemed able to bring him back.” Providentially, Novice Master Benno Heidlage came to his rescue. “Fr. Benno intuitively grasped the story of woe I shared with him; and having been there himself as a young friar, he empathized with the depression into which I’d sunk and deftly led me through this dark night of the soul with compassion and prudent counsel.”

As often happens in Murray’s life, the right person was there at the right time. “One of the things that helped me [write the book] was three long sections about the people who influenced me,” he says. Chapters are devoted to “those exceptional others” who were friends and mentors: poets Denise Levertov and Herbert Lomas, and Fr. Francis Harpin, who taught Murray about “authentic prayer” in Assisi.

Murray BodoHe dreamed of returning to the Southwest as a missionary, but the Lord had other plans.

Eventually, Murray found himself through teaching. “I realized I had more gift for doing what I was doing than as a missionary.” Ironically, “By doing obedience I found parts of myself. This became my familiar world, but it has never had the emotional or archetypal pull the Southwest has had for me. As a teacher I took the summers ‘off’ to be in Assisi” as a guide for pilgrims. “So in some ways, I was fulfilling my desire to be a missionary.”

Since 1972 when Murray wrote Francis: The Journey and the Dream, the book that made him famous, Assisi has been “a place vital to my spiritual, emotional and creative life….it clings to me the way this Umbrian hill town clings to a spur of Mount Subasio…”

“There is meaning”

While Murray was assembling these shards, “I was learning things about myself in the process. I realized that some of my best writing came out of the times I was broken. I’m not a saint; I’m a writer. It’s writing that helps me grow closer to God.”

After two years of research, recollection and re-writes – “it was fulfilling but draining” – he’s pleased with the way the pieces fit.  “Somehow the book seems to cohere. I wanted it to be honest. My prayer and hope for every page was that whatever I was saying about myself would remind readers about their own selves. There is meaning, there is a pattern in our lives. My hope is that especially friars will think of their own lives and how special their lives are because they’re Franciscan.” Being a friar is “an extraordinary life to commit yourself to – full of riches you don’t think of day-to-day. I had the great privilege to have time to do that.”

The result is a substantial book about a substantial life. “I dropped three or four chapters,” says Murray, still mindful of the weight – and the cost – of his autobiography. “How much is this thing? Seventeen dollars? I don’t know anyone who can afford it!”

For those who cannot, here’s a spoiler alert: The book ends happily.

“What can I say of my life,” Murray writes, “except, ‘How blessed I am.’”
Gathering Shards is available from Tau Publishing.

Originally published in the SJB NewsNotes by Toni Cashnelli

Fr. Murray stands outside the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy

Fr. Murray stands outside the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy

 

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Br. Chris Meyer, serving in Jamaica

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Br. Chris Meyer, OFM

Br. Chris Meyer, OFM

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On April 19th, Br. Chris Meyer, OFM, left the US for his new ministry in Jamaica, “I’m looking forward to continuing the work friars are doing across [the Diocese of] Montego Bay,” said Br. Chris.  He is living at the St. Joseph friary in Savanna-la-mar with Fr. Max Langenderfer, Br, Louie Zant and Br. Tom Gerchak.  A few days after his arrival, he met to discuss opportunities in technology with the diocese.  Br. Chris will be serving as the Communications Director dealing with internal and external communications helping the Diocese of Montego Bay establish an online presence.

At the missioning service

At his missioning service

Just a few weeks after he settled in, Br. Chris returned to the States to attend the All Province Assembly (APA) in St. Meinrad, Indiana.  It was a week of fraternity, prayer, learning and discussion for 115 of the friars of this Province.  Br. Chris taught an enlightening class in social media to the friars.

At the APA the celebration of his new mission also took place.

“It’s always a powerful moment when the brothers extend their hands and pray over you,” Chris Meyer said after being commissioned to serve in the Diocese of Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Provincial Minister Jeff Scheeler asked this blessing:

“Almighty God, in every age you have chosen servants to proclaim your Word to the ends of the earth. Hear our prayer for our brother who will serve your Church as a missionary. Fill him with your Spirit that he may have the mind and heart of Jesus who lives and reigns now and forever.”
Amen.

Br. Chris lives at St. Joseph friary

Br. Chris lives at St. Joseph friary

Br. Chris in his element.

Br. Chris in his element.

Please keep Br. Chris and all of our missionaries to Jamaica in your prayers.

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