|In the Ruins of a Monastery.|
|Mark and Jim in Lourdes.|
|Mark in the Pyrenees|
|With fellow pilgrims.|
|Archbishop Emeritus Al Hughes (a former Rector of Saint John's Seminary), Father Jack Schatzel, Senior Priest, and Bob Downing of the Order of Malta.|
|With two great men of the Church, Jim O'Connor, whose work with Malta locally and internationally is renowned and Monsignor Connie McRae, spiritual director at the North American College and former rector of Blessed John XXIII National Seminary.|
|With Nancy Gibson, who never stopped serving food and taking care of these great senior clergy.|
I was honored to meet with Bishop Antonisamy Francis of the Diocese of Kumbakonam. Bishop has kindly sponsored Father Arockiasamy Kulanaisamy who has been working on his Master’s in Theology Degree here at Saint John’s. Please keep Bishop Francis and the people of his Diocese in your prayers.
|Matthew in the Badlands, practicing his presidential wave!|
|Matt and Evan with a new friend!|
|Five Great Men (four of them carved in stone).|
|"I don't think we have these in Boston....or Providence...or Baltimore!!!"|
Brian Cullen in the hills of South Dakota
Here are the three of them at the Crazy Horse Monument in South Dakota
Jason Giombetti at Mt. Rushmore
Mike Solomon at Devil's Tower National Park
|Here’s what Bramante’s “Tempietto” looks like.|
|Here’s the artist’s conception of our Tabernacle.|
|Here are the first photos of the tabernacle as it is taking shape. I can’t wait until the details are introduced. I can’t wait until it is completed and in place as a worthy house for the Body of the Lord.|
“Africa’s commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ is a precious treasure which I entrust at the beginning of this third millennium to the bishops, priests, permanent deacons, consecrated persons, catechists and lay faithful of that beloved continent and its neighboring islands. Through this mission, Africa is led to explore its Christian vocation more deeply; it is called, in the name of Jesus, to live reconciliation between individuals and communities and to promote peace and justice in truth for all.”
Meeting to discuss seminary formation in Africa and the United States on Wednesday at St. Peter's Regional Seminary, Cape Coast, Ghana.
The Missionary Sisters of Charity operate a home for orphan & infirm babies, house homeless adult men & women, and run a school to teach women the skill of sewing.
Local men and women selling food & domestic items on a main street in Accra, Ghana
Fr. Fabian Hevi, SMA introduces Fr. Chris O'Connor to a local Catholic family, mother & five children, that he helps in Nairobi, Kenya. Fr. Fabian just completed building a Catholic Church and School in one of the poorest neighborhoods of Nairobi, Kenya with the assistance of Catholics from Ohio parishes. In addition to his responsibilities as regional Provincial Superior of the SMA Fathers and building the church & school, he heads up their Vocations office.
The story of the Good Samaritan is enfleshed in a local Anglican woman who has given a small lot of land for a Catholic family consisting of a mother & her five children to build their modest one room dwelling place.
This real representation of the saving deed cannot not be, because the saving acts of Christ are so necessary to the Christian that he cannot be a true Christian if he doesn't live them after Him and with Him. It is not the teaching of Christ which makes the Christian. It is not even the simple application of his grace. It is total identification with the person of Christ obtained by re-living His life.
Here's the homily I later preached at Mass with our group for the Feast of Saint Benedict:
I've always been challenged by Saint Benedict's description of the three ways of loving God. At first, Saint Benedict tells us, we love God because we love ourselves. I don't want to go to hell, so I do what he wants.
At the second stage, I love God because he is lovable. I have no choice. I have so deeply fallen in love within him that I want only to do his will.
And then there's the third stage of loving God, the one which few reach but the only state in which true holiness and purity reside, wherein I love me only because God loves me. Only then does my every waking moment seek the will of God. My next breath has value only if it is part of God's plan. My fondest hopes and my deepest desires are but cinder and ash unless they are his will. In other words, it is not my will but his, not me, but Christ Jesus in me, it is fiat, let it be done to me according to your word.
Perhaps that is why Saint Benedict leads us to such an affection for the Blessed Virgin Mary, she who is the perfect human model of perfect love, whose sole response to God’s command was “Let it be done to me according to your word.”
With Benedict and Mary, may we do the same.