Second Sunday of Lent 2015
Which penetrated deepest,
these effects of transfiguration,
the garments white beyond bleaching,
translucent features, tongue-tied disciples,
or the Master’s own mind,
exposed to shafts of lightning
too bright for the eyes
without a candle-blackened glass,
his heart immersed in embers
that fired his prior covenant:
I come to do your will.
Our brother Pio Murat, OFM Cap., a General Councilor of the International Capuchin Order in Rome, writes about our involvement in the Middle East and Asia where our brothers live and work among many of the troubled communities which have occupied so much of our attention in recent months. In this article in the latest BICI, Br. Pio reflects on how our brothers are called by the Spirit in these times to live out their 'de facto minority' -- following our Frather Francis of Assisi's call that we be true 'friars minor' (lesser brothers).
Current events continue to document the daily drama of the Middle East. Barbarous killings in Syria and in Iraq, attacks in the Holy Land, repeated violations of human rights -- we know them all too well. Unfortunately, these hostile and cruel realities leave us powerless in their wake. Christians, among others, are easy objects of a violence that knows no end.
Lent has begun and so has the spring time weather . The novices have had a busy month to report in this month Caperone with classes as well as a pilgrimage up the coast of California to San Francisco. Novitiate is not just about entering into a deeper prayer life, discerning this way of life, but it's also a year to learn more about our identity as Capuchins.
In this issue, Br. Brenton reflects on two classes that showcase the identity that we are called to share with the world as brothers. Being a Capuchin is recognizing that we are all on a pilgrimage to the Land of the Living (Capuchin Constitutions 62:2). Going on pilgrimages as brothers is in our DNA history.
January saw another successful Capuchin Café Gathering on Saturday, January 31, at Cap College in Washington, DC. Once again, its great success was owing to the many brothers who contributed their time and talents. Br. Juan Anotonio Ortíz, OFM Cap., designed an attractive chalkboard logo for the evening (right, below), and there was plenty of time sacrificed in the heavy work of setting things up, baking and serving the crowd of guests who attended.
Over 200 visitors flooded the chapel for Holy Hour to begin the evening with praise and worship. Though you can see the pictures of a very full chapel in the images below, what one doesn't see are the numerous men and women just outside of the chapel, lined up for the Sacrament of Reconciliation as five friar-priests made themselves available for the encounters.
Once a month the friar team of the Capuchin Formation Program (CFP) of Borromeo Seminary in Wicklife, OH, (Frs. Lester Knoll, OFM Cap. and Mick Joyce, OFM Cap.) enlists a friar who is asked to give a formation evening on a designated Capuchin Franciscan topic. In the photo above, our brothers Lester (l) and Mick (r) are seated. Standing (from left) are Thomas Lydic, Evan Jamison, Luis Munguia, guest Br. Manuel Avíles, OFM Cap. , Patrick Cordero, Samuel Martinez and Joshua Soldat. The CFP hosted our brother Manuel the weekend of January 23rd.
Annual activities on behalf of Life got off the ground on Wednesday, January 21, in Washington, DC, with a Mass at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception our own Sean Cardinal O’Malley, OFM Cap., as presider. The following day, the day of the March for Life, our Capuchin brothers gathered for their annual Mass to add our presence and prayers to life's precious gift.
He was born on July 31, 1935 to John and Pauline (Dieterle) Finerty, and was baptized 'John Paul Finerty' to reflect both of his parents' names. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Mary Patricia Norton. He leaves to mourn his passing his sister, Carol Sherry, and her husband Jack, his brother Gregory and his wife Mary Ann, and many nieces and nephews.