Happy Easter, brothers and sisters. Thank you for your patience while I was away from the ether of cyberspace. The silence was good for me. As a spiritual discipline, being quiet and doing nothing intentionally can be cleansing. I hope now to resume the practice of blogging daily or every other day during these, the final hundred days of novitiate.
And away we go.
The community of believers was of one heart and mind.
What did I read while I was away from From a Brother? Here is a partial list.
Berrigan, Daniel. Exodus: Let My People Go. Eugene, Ore.: Cascade Books, 2008.
--------. Uncommon Prayer: A Book of Psalms. New York: Seabury, 1978.
Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. The Cost of Discipleship (rev. ed.). New York: Macmillan, 1966.
Crosby, Michael H. Spirituality of the Beatitudes: Matthew's Vision for the Church in an Unjust World (new rev. ed.). Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis, 2005.
Dietrich, Jeff. Broken and Shared: Food, Dignity, and the Poor on Los Angeles' Skid Row. Los Angeles: Marymount University Press, 2011.
Johnson, Elizabeth. She Who Is: The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse. New York: Crossroad, 1992.
Kavanaugh, John F. Faces of Poverty, Faces of Christ (photographs by Mev Puleo). Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis, 1991.
Loring, Eduard. The Cry of the Poor: Cracking White Male Supremacy--An Incendiary and Militant Proposal. Atlanta: Open Door Community Press, 2010.
North American Capuchin Conference. The Capuchin Reform: Essays in Commemoration of Its 450th Anniversary (Ignatius McCormick, trans.). Youngstown, Ohio: Catholic Publishing Co., 1983.
Sandmel, Samuel. A Jewish Understanding of the New Testament (augmented ed.). New York: Ktav Publishing House, 1974.
Periodicals: America, Catholic Agitator (Los Angeles Catholic Worker), The Catholic Worker (New York), Commonweal, Hospitality (Open Door Community, Atlanta), National Catholic Reporter, The Pilgrim (Boston).
Time does not permit me to even attempt a full recap of life in novitiate since Lent. I hope to catch up intermittently, bringing the recent past into the present as I look toward the rapidly presenting future.
What happened while I was away? In short, I was in San Francisco and Los Angeles in February on pilgrimage. I was quiet for a week in Soquel, Calif., deep within the mountains of Santa Cruz.
We have a new pope, and we have a good-as-new chapel.
Here is the April Caperone to help bring you up to date. And here is the March issue before that.
We novices have 95 days to go until we return to our home provinces. But we will know sooner than that whether we will be accepted into temporary vows.
How strong the winds over the last four days! They have calmed for now, but they are here for good, and they are augurs of change.