Sunday, September 25, 2016

Both Comfort and Conviction

Why the chasm was impassable and why we were given the name of the poor man (really surprising) ...


Podcast from Fr. Luke Mary Fletcher, CFR. Jesus' message of mercy is both comforting and convicting at the same time. How we treat our neighbor in this life will set how God treats us in the next. He loves us, wants us all in heaven, and gives each the sufficient grace needed. The rest us up to our use of free-will...

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Taking the Terror out of Terrorism

I am so thankful to be alive today.

I recently hosted a priest friend from out of town. He took me to dinner in the Chelsea area of the city. We were at the exact location where the recent bomb exploded. We missed being victims by 16 hours. Just before dinner we had visited the 911 Memorial Museum. I am in shock. If you have ever had a close call with death, you ask yourself a question: Am I ready?

Jesus calls us to radical readiness, to live each day as if it is our last. This is the secret to taking the terror out of terrorism. If we put our relationship with God in first place, and everything else in perspective to God, then we will not be afraid. This is easier said than done!

Brothers and sisters, small steps in great love will get us there. We are in the hands of our loving Father. The devil wants us to forget this reality. Join me in asking God for the grace to be ready, today. Here are two passages from sacred scripture and a link to my homily from today:


Jesus said, "And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father's will. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows" (Matt 10:28-31).

Jesus said, "Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also" (John 14:1-3)

+ Fr. Luke Mary Fletcher, CFR
Yonkers, NY

Monday, September 12, 2016

Podcast God's Wisdom

Podcast from Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

A Pencil in the Hands of God

It has been just a simple surrender, a simple yes’ to Christ in allowing Him to do what He wants.  The hand tells the pencil and the pencil obeys.  That is why the work is His work.  I’m just a little pencil in His hand.  Tomorrow, if He finds somebody more helpless, more stupid, more hopeless, I think He will do still greater things with her and through her.


My own Jesus, do with me as You wish – as long as You wish without a single glance at my feelings and pain.  I am your own.  Imprint on my soul and life the sufferings of Your Heart.

- Saint Teresa of Calcutta


Born: August 26, 1910

Died: September 5, 1997

Beatified: October 19, 2003 by Pope Saint John Paul II

Canonized: September 4, 2016 by Pope Francis

in the Holy Year of Mercy


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The pencil image in front is an adaptation from the photo of Marie Constantin © 2003 drawn by Bro. Diego Joseph, CFR on the occasion of Saint Teresa of Calcutta’s canonization


Sunday, September 4, 2016

Saint Teresa of Calcutta

We have Holy Father Saint Francis, Holy Mother Saint Clare and Holy Aunt Mother Teresa. Many of our friars, especially Fr. Benedict Groeschel, were friends and counselors to Mother Teresa.

They met with her when they left the Capuchin Franciscans to start our new renewal community. She told us, "When you uncover something of the will of God, remain faithful to it!" Saint Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!!!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Can God Disappear?

You feel as if God has disappeared from your life.  Years ago you would spend hours in prayer and service without any problems or concerns.  But now an incredible darkness has engulfed you.   You no longer can feel his presence.  You feel alone, abandoned and are beginning to doubt whether the past was just a dream.  Prayer now leaves you not with a sense of God’s presence, but with a sense of your own poverty and need.  Serving others once left you feeling joyful and full of hope, but now you are discouraged because of the brokenness of other people and it is difficult to find the motivation to keep going.

Where has God gone?  Is it possible for him to disappear? Perhaps the one who is disappearing is you; your childish ways of relating to God, yourself and other people, your inordinate desire for affirmation and consolation are becoming purified through a genuine encounter with the Living God.  Since God is no longer a “felt presence” in your life you are left wondering if God has disappeared. Let me assure you, it would be easier for the ocean to dry up than for God to disappear.
Every genuine encounter with God begins with a “honeymoon” stage but as we draw closer to him the honeymoon fades into the background, so that real love can begin to blossom independent of our feelings, emotions and life circumstances.  God, like love, is more than a feeling.  To mature and become the person God desires you to be, you cannot make judgments and conclusions entirely from your feelings and emotions.   
Maybe, like you said, you have hit a wall, but on the other side of that wall God is waiting for you.  In order to get there you have to leave your childish ways of thinking and judging behind you and trust that God’s grace is inviting you to something more.  What exactly is that “more?”  It is God himself; greater and more profound than you can fathom.  The most important thing is not to give up.  In other words keep praying, trusting, hoping, and believing.  Or in the words of St. Paul “press on…because Christ Jesus has made (you) his own" (Phil 3:12).

+ Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
Monticello, NY
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Monday, August 15, 2016

Begin at the End - Mary's Assumption

Begin at the End - What we learn from Mary’s Assumption! Homily from Fr. Luke Fletcher to the CFR seminarians at the start of the school year.


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Podcast: Why Are You Afraid?


Podcast from Fr. Jeremiah, CFR

Most of our fears are the result of believing a story that simply is not true. Jesus' question "Why are you afraid?" confronts us with the many lies we have believed about ourselves, other people and God. It is only by looking at Him, who is reality and truth, that we can overcome our fears and experience the freedom that is ours as children of God.

Monday, August 1, 2016

New Website for European Region

Rebuild My House

The Friars in the European Region have launched a new Vocation Web-Site:


Enjoy the Video and check out the web-site...more updates to come! Our hope is to support those discerning our way of life to discover the Lord's Will for them and to respond joyfully to his invitation.

Also check out this new vocations video!


EUROPE - Catholic men in their 30's or younger who are discerning a possible vocation:
If you are interested in finding out more about the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal or would like to plan a vocation visit, please contact:  

Fr. Gabriel Joseph Kyte, CFR
St. Pio Friary
Sedgefield Terrace
Westgate, Bradford