Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Podcast Vocation: God's Plan For You

Our vocation is the plan God has for our life. Often times though when we hear the word "vocation" we automatically think about marriage, priesthood, religious life or living as a single person in the world. Before that vocation can occur there is another vocation that we all must be aware of and follow. For each one of us our primary vocation is following Jesus and from that following of Jesus we will be led to the place where God wants us to live out this vocation.

- Fr. Jeremiah, CFR


Tuesday, June 21, 2016



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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Father's Day

Fathers are like powerful stained glass windows. They are earthly images of a heavenly reality. "For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named" Ephesians 3:14-15

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Woman at the Well: Jn 4: 7-30

It’s a strange ending to a beautiful dialog. After meeting Jesus, the woman at the well runs back into Samaria exclaiming: “Come, see the man who told me everything I ever did!” Why did it touch her so deeply that Jesus knew her faults and her sins? On the surface she perceived him to be a prophet and he revealed himself to be the Messiah, yet it was more than these bare facts that moved her. It was, I believe the tenor of his voice and the look of his eyes and his promise of life giving water. More than believing him to be the Savior, this woman found him to be a Savior who loved her personally and deeply.

Yes, Jesus told her everything she ever did. What moved her, though, was that in all of it, he loved her. Jesus loved her for who she was upon their meeting. And He had more for her! While she wanted only water that would make her thirst again, he loved her so much that he desired to give her water that would well up unto eternal life. This is the fascinating reality of God’s love. It is extravagant, beyond our expectations. When it hits us, it surprises us because we’ve done nothing to deserve it nor could we ever have imagined it.

Jesus is able to pierce through the crusty exterior of her heart into its fleshy center where his light becomes the source of the living waters which flow clearly and warmly through the soul. In their dialog at the well, each heart was laid open to the other. Again, I think what surprised the woman wasn’t just that Jesus knew all about her, but that knowing it, he loved her deeply and desired everything beautiful for her—the most beautiful thing, of course, being the happiness of her heart: her salvation.

+ Br. Joseph Michael Fino, CFR

Bronx, NY


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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Fr. Groeschel's Surprising Secret

June is the month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The late Fr. Benedict Groeschel told me that he had based his entire spiritual life on the Sacred Heart devotion. I remember being quite surprised by this declaration. Father was a renown author, psychologist and speaker. For all his mighty gifts and towering intellect - it was the devotion to the Sacred Heart which guided his relationship with God.

Appearing as the Sacred Heart, Jesus once told Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque that Saint Francis was the saint who best understood his heart. I wonder if this revelation sparked Father Groeschel's interest. The heart of the Sacred Heart devotion is the belief that God comes close to us in Jesus. God is real. God knows me and is concerned about me. In his love for me God provides for me. He can ask me to love him with all my heart (the shema of Deuteronomy 6) because he has first loved me with his whole heart! (see 1 John 4).

While praying at a local convent this morning, I saw a strange site. The Sacred Heart of Jesus was welcoming me to a big white cooler. "What is in the cooler?" , I asked. "The cool and refreshing Living Water of the Holy Spirit", was his answer.

John 4: 10, 13-14

Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him and he would have given you living water ... Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 

+ Fr. Luke Mary Fletcher, CFR
Yonkers, NY
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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Jacob's Song // Teaser

Get ready people! Brother Isaiah - Jacob's Song // Teaser


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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

My Joyful Mysterious Secret


Podcast from Fr. Luke Mary Fletcher, CFR. On the feast of the Visitation, learn the secret to living your faith like Mary!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

May 28 Ordination Mass Online

Timothy Cardinal Dolan will ordain fourteen men (five are CFR friars) to the priesthood at Saint Patrick's Cathedral on Saturday, May 28 at 9 AM ET
Watch the Priestly Ordination Mass online when it is live!

Graduates of the Class of 2016 at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Dunwoodie, look relaxed and confident as their priestly ordination approaches. Cardinal Dolan will ordain 14 men, his largest class as Archbishop of New York, at a Mass in St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Saturday, May 28, at 9 a.m. Nine of the men will serve as priests of the archdiocese and five are Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. The ordination class includes Father John Wilson and Father Jesús Ledezma Castro, who have studied at Pontifical North American College in Rome. St. Joseph’s ordinands are, seated from left: Father Hartley Bancroft, Father Dismas Marie Kline, C.F.R., Father Cruz Alejandro Sánchez Mares and Father Christian Amah. Standing, from left: Father Xavier Mariae Meiergerd, C.F.R., Father Innocent Montgomery, C.F.R., Father Bernardino Maria Soukup, C.F.R., Father Jon Tveit, Father Jean-Pierre Seon, Father James Sheridan, Father Thomas Colucci and Father Antonio Maria Diez de Medina, C.F.R.

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