Monday, July 27, 2015

Three Friars Profess Final Vows!


(calling of the brothers then the homily of Fr. John Paul begins at 36:00)
(profession of vows starts at 1:09:40)
(giving thanks starts at 1:59:44)

Friday, July 17, 2015

New Novices!

Please pray for our new CFR Novices who were invested in the holy habit of St. Francis today!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

The Virtue of Patriotism

Filial piety and #patriotism are moral #virtues which dispose us to honor, love and respect our parents and our country #baltimorecatechism 135

Saint Pope John Paul II 1979 Address to American Youth on Freedom

"... It is only in God—in Jesus, God made man—that you will fully understand what you are. He will unveil to you the true greatness of yourselves: that you are redeemed by him and taken up in his love; that you are made truly free in him who said about himself : "If the son frees you, you will be free indeed" (Jn 8:36).

I know that you, like students all over the world, are troubled by the problems that weigh on society around you and on the whole world. Look at those problems, explore them, study them and accept them as a challenge. But do it in the light of Christ. He is "the way, and the truth, and the life" (Jn 14 :6). He put all human life in the dimension of truth and of authentic love. True knowledge and true freedom are in Jesus. Make Jesus always part of your hunger for truth and justice, and part of your dedication to the well-being of your fellow human beings...

I leave you now with this prayer: that the Lord Jesus will reveal himself to each one of you, that he will give you the strength to go out and profess that you are Christian, that he will show you that he alone can fill your hearts. Accept his freedom and embrace his truth, and be messengers of the certainty that you have been truly liberated through the death and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus. This will be the new experience, the powerful experience, that will generate, through you, a more just society and a better world. 

God bless you and may the joy of Jesus be always with you!"

Find all of the texts of his October 1979 visit to the USA here:


Friday, July 3, 2015

Praying on Pilgrimage

Friars praying for us all at the tomb of Saint John Paul II, Saint Peter's Basilica (Rome, Italy). #pilgrimage

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Statement on the Supreme Court Decision

FRANCISCAN FRIARS OF THE RENEWAL – Statement on the Supreme Court Decision

Statement on the Supreme Court Decision | Same Sex Marriage Ruling

“Grace Abounds”…Romans 5:20

In the midst of present day moral confusion and the cultural attack on the Christian way of life in the United States and around the world, there is a real temptation to discouragement and even despair. As the news continues to report the “victory lap” that is being taken by those who offer a different way of understanding marriage and sexuality, the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal find great hope in the powerful presence of God at work in the countless couples, families, and individuals who are heroically faithful to the Gospel and the truth of marriage and sexuality according to God’s design. We also find great hope in those individuals who experience same sex attraction and have made the free, heroic and self-sacrificing choice to live the virtue of chastity in a culture where the alternative is in fact much easier and socially celebrated.

There are many questions being asked about the way forward for the Church as she faces the stark reality of these present day challenges and trials. As we have heard echoed over the past few days from the Bishops in the United States and from those who speak in fidelity with the Church and her teaching, Christ is the answer. Jesus who is the Truth (John 14:6) is our refuge, strength, consolation, and way forward. His Grace abounds in the midst of temptation, confusion, and darkness. His love is our response, the powerful statement that must be made to those who agree with the Church and also for those who disagree.  In a time where a misguided compassion seems to dictate that true love and true religion not only should accept the sinner but also the sin, we with great respect and humility, boldly call for a renewed courageous witness among all Catholics, Christians and people of good will. This witness, modeled by Jesus, doesn’t tire of loving and showing genuine compassion to our brothers and sisters who experience same sex attraction and who are caught up in the challenges and difficulties of the current cultural crisis. However, at the same time we urge an ever more courageous proclamation of the truth of marriage and God’s beautiful plan for human sexuality.

In this pressing time, we pray for the intercession of our late founder Fr. Benedict Groeschel and his dear friend Fr. John Harvey, who was the founder of Courage, an outreach to those who experience same sex attraction and strive to freely choose to live a chaste way of life (http://couragerc.org/). We are inspired by their fidelity and commitment to the truth of the Church and the Gospel.

Statement by Courge Internatinal

Statement by the USCCB

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Sr. Nirmala, MC, Rest in Peace

Sr. Nirmala, MC, successor to Mother Teresa as the general superior of the Missionaries of Charity has passed. May she rest in peace! Watch an interview with her here: http://youtu.be/IZcIw3sb72Q

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Fulcrum

People, we have to talk about the Mass.

If the basic game-plan for the spiritual life is monthly confession, weekly Mass (on Sundays, of course) and daily prayer, we find Mass not so much a second step in a list of three but a fulcrum on which the other two balance.

Mass is for us the source of our life. The human person has a few spheres of life intersecting with one another within us: our physical life, our intellectual life and spiritual life, and each of these have their appropriate sources of nourishment. Obviously are physical life is nourished by the various foods and proteins we eat throughout the day—generally there are no problems here. Our intellectual life is nourished by truth—this seems a bit tricky these days but that’s a conversation for another time. Our spiritual life is nourished most certainly and concretely by the Eucharist. Jesus says very clearly, “For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him….He who eats this bread will live forever” (Jn 6:55-58). The day will come for us all when our physical and intellectual life falters, flickering out like a candle in a mush of wax. Our spiritual life, however, will carry us on into eternity—eternal life if we’re spiritually alive or eternal death if we’re spiritually dead.

It is good for one’s life to be balanced, yes; but you have to ask yourself, just on what is my life balancing? Let it be upon the Eucharist—which is to say upon the Lord. You won’t be disappointed.

+ Br. Joseph Michael Fino, CFR
Yonkers, NY
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Friday, June 12, 2015

Keep It Simple

I was preaching in Spanish at a local Harlem church. Preaching in another language forces you to simplify your message, what is the heart of what I want to say? Pointing to the beautiful Sacred Heart of Jesus statue I said, "Look! The heart of Jesus is on fire, on fire with love. We need that fire in our hearts!

¡Mira! El corazón de Jesús está en fuego, en el fuego de amor. Necesitamos que el fuego en nuestros corazones!"

Great modern art piece by Fr. Paulus Tautz, CFR

+ Fr. Luke Mary Fletcher, CFR
New York
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