Electing a Franciscan campaign
As our country prepares for a presidential election, our neighborhoods are dotted with signs encouraging residents to vote for one candidate or the other. In the midst of all the hype surrounding the election I recently noticed a number of signs around our parish property and on the street where I live. Black and white, and of the same size as the presidential signs, they carry a simple but profound message: “God for a change!” Read More
Experiencing the Presence of God
In addition to wearing a mask, staying home, and practicing social distancing during the current pandemic, I developed that habit of walking long distances every day. I would usually walk along the sidewalk surrounding the athletic fields of a nearby high school. As Lent turned into Easter, I became more and more anxious. I was scheduled to help direct retreats at the Jesuit Retreat House at Oshkosh during weekends in April and May. I was also scheduled to make my own retreat there later in June. Read More
From the beginning
Looking back at my own life in a small Polish parish, I recognize very early signs of my call to religious life: being in the first grade Christmas pageant, experiencing my First Holy Communion as one of the happiest days of my life, becoming acquainted with the rhythm of the liturgical year, singing in the choir, helping the Sisters clean the sanctuary of the church, playing “church” at home and learning the altar server prayers by heart in Latin (although I couldn’t serve). Read More
Where does your deep gladness meet the world's deep need?
Pope Francis says, “The Lord’s call is not an intrusion of God in our freedom; it is not a 'cage' or a burden to be borne. On the contrary, it is the loving initiative whereby God encounters us and invites us to be part of a great undertaking. He opens before our eyes the horizon of a greater sea and an abundant catch.” Read More