When Mercy flows as a downpour,
without letup, in stint or volume,
what happens to the excess,
the Mercy left unused?
Does it drip below to a basin
where it gathers more of sunshine
to make its spray more crystal
and mindful of diamonds,
or deeds of brighter face,
to await the one
who next is drawn
to beauty and to light
and Mercy’s seductive song?
This month has been a busy one. We began the month in preparation for the Holy Triduum and ended the month with just the same. After a few classes on the aspects of the Triduum itself, we went right into planning; because of our upcoming silent retreat, we would have very little time before Holy Week would be upon us.
There was a lot of excitement (and some dread) about the silent retreat in the days preceding it. We knew that it would be a time to really go with the Lord in prayer and seek His will, not necessarily knowing what exactly He might say to us.
Our brother Regis Schlick, OFM Cap., died on April 12, 2016,at UPMC Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, after a long illness. He was 84.
Born in Wheeling, WV, to Joseph and Catherine (Lynch) on July 1, 1931, our brother was baptized at St. Alphonsus Church there and given the name Edward. He attended St. Mary Catholic Elementary School and Central Catholic, both in Wheeling.
After graduation from high school, Edward was employed as a textile purchaser until he joined the United States Army in 1952 at the age of 21. He was honorably discharged two years later and remained a proud veteran and member of the American Legion.
Shortly after military service, Edward entered St. Fidelis Seminary in Herman, PA. On July 13, 1958, he was invested with the Capuchin habit and took his Religious name, Regis. One year later, he professed his first vows as a Capuchin friar and on July 14, 1962, made his perpetual profession of vows.
For St. John's Hospice in Philadelphia, PA, the arrival of a new truck was a reason to rejoice, and our brothers Mike Meza, OFM Cap., Operations Manager for the Hospice (pictured) and John Daya, OFM Cap., were there. A story from Catholic Philly recounts the event . . .
Huge crowds gathered in Rome for the veneration of the bodies of our Capuchin saints Leopold Mandic and Pio of Pietrlcina. The bodies of the Italian brothers were brought to Rome earlier in the week from their respective places of repose in Padua and San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, and were venerated in ceremonies marking their arrival in St. Peter Square on Friday night, February 5. After their repositioning inside the Basilica, authorities had hoped to secure the doors at 11pm, but because of the queues, it was 3am before they were able to accomplish it.
The Holy Father has set aside these days to commission a worldwide group of "Missionaries of Mercy." Our brothers Leopold Mandic and Pio of Pietrlcina give witness to the call for Reonciliation through God's Mercy which was a hallmark of both friars' lives. St. Leopold worked in the northern Italian province of Veneto and St. Pio from the southern province of Foggia.
On Friday, January 22, right before the big snow arrived in Washington DC, friars and friends joined the thousands gathered for the Annual March for Life. Per usual, the day began with a Mass in the crypt church of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
The day began, as usual, with a Mass offered in the crypt church of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, down the road from our Capuchin friary. The celebrant was Vocation Director Tom Betz, OFM Cap., and the homily was offered by fellow friar John Pavlik, OFM Cap., who works in DC as the Executive Secretary for the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM).