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

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



Jacob's Song by Brother Isaiah. A Spirit Juice Studios production. Want more from Brother Isaiah? Get his new EP, Broomstick, on iTunes, Amazon, and more! (A portion of all proceeds go to help single mothers in need of assistance.) Looking for a hard copy of Broomstick? Send an email to renewalinmotion@gmail.com and we'll take care of you.

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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

See you in Church! Photo by Jeffrey Bruno

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