Monday, June 4, 2012


Feeling a little more steady today. Today, I am here. Didn't sleep much, but I feel alert and aware of myself regardless. Having multiple fraternal duties to perform -- in the chapel, in the kitchen, in the bathrooms -- is keeping me focused.

It is reassuring to have the presence of Bro. Jack Rathschmidt, from the New York/New England province. He is here through the week to guide our learning about cross-cultural awareness. With him around, our fraternity feels more like a home team.

A home team. Indeed, this is what we are and what we are becoming over these fifty days of interprovincial postulancy. We are coming to appreciate the richness and variety of our cultural origins -- cultural in the ethnic sense, as called forth from many peoples; and cultural in the religious sense, as called into the diverse but common life of the Capuchins. E pluribus unum: Out of many, one.

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