Friday, March 16, 2012


A quiet morning at St. Michael Friary on a gray, misty day in Brooklyn. Chores after morning prayer and Eucharist, instead of class. Salmon for dinner; it's Lent, which means fish on Friday. Leading Taize prayer in our house chapel this evening. A friar and a candidate are staying overnight with us.

Tomorrow is a free day. I will observe the feast of St. Patrick by baking some Irish soda bread. If it turns out all right, I will share it with the Capuchin friars at St. John the Baptist in Manhattan on Sunday. We're going to Lenten vespers, with the Gospel reflection led by Fr. Jim Gavin. We will head over to the friary for dinner after evening prayer. Let's break some real bread when we break bread with the brothers!

Heading out to Neighbors Together in a little while for ministry; it's Friday, which means our leadership development class. We are in the middle of an exercise in creating a strategy for a campaign on three-quarter housing, one of the issues of burning concern to our members. You can read about the three-quarter housing phenomenon here and understand why Neighbors Together has developed an organizing project around this issue.

Next week is kind of a short week. On Thursday we are going to the United Nations to participate with Franciscans International in a day of reflection and action around World Water Day 2012. Come Friday we will be en route to Miramar Retreat Center in Duxbury, Mass., for the final vocation discernment weekend of the year with our candidates and applicants for postulancy. Pray for our candidates, and pray for safe travels for all the brothers attending.

One of my recently spoken desires was gratified last evening: my mother called. Hooray! And another wish will be granted next month: a Boston friend is coming to visit for a couple of days. Hip hip hooray!

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