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September 23rd is the feast day of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina.

Posted by debbie linbrunner on 9/20/17

Pastor’s Letter Sept 24th, 2017

September 23rd is the feast day of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina.  He was born in 1887 and died in 1967. For some of us that is right in the middle of our life time. His life is filled with all sorts of amazing ... Read More »

DACA

Posted by debbie linbrunner on 9/13/17

There is a great deal in the news and even more commentary about the DACA – Differed Action Childhood Arrivals- program. The President has said he will not renew it and it will lapse if Congress won’t act by March 2018.

What is DACA- it is a program for ... Read More »

Forgiveness

Posted by debbie linbrunner on 9/13/17

 

             The readings today are all about forgiveness. Like the Frankenstein monster in the Bride of Frankenstein: “Forgiveness good”. ( HE said it about bread, wine and cigar- smoke-but he was thinking about forgiveness.)

We have to forgive because not to forgive is to be chained to the ... Read More »

Seduction. It is an evocative word. It grabs our attention - it titillates.

Posted by debbie linbrunner on 8/29/17

 

Seduction. It is an evocative word. It grabs our attention - it titillates. Our desires overcome our thinking and our willpower. We think of Noir Movies with slinky ladies. We think of advertisements for decadent chocolate, elegant spa treatments, high-end clothing, and luxury cars. All sorts of thing ... Read More »

Today’s readings lead us into a reflection on authority

Posted by debbie linbrunner on 8/23/17

Today’s readings lead us into a reflection on authority- specifically the authority of the Pope as successor of St. Peter. The first reading presents us with the case of a change in Chamberlain of the king of Israel.  The Chamberlain has the keys to the castle and all the ... Read More »

The Catholic Church is positioned to have a prophetic presence

Posted by debbie linbrunner on 8/15/17

Pastor’s Letter August 20, 2017

 

Every group and/or country is like each person in the sense they are created by God- and as a result they are good, they are fallen - they are marked by sin in their history, and they are in need of redemption. The ... Read More »

The Homily you missed: Br. Victor

Posted by debbie linbrunner on 8/09/17

The Homily you missed:

It has been weeks since a Solemnity or Feast falls on a Sunday. (The last one was the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ – June 18 – that makes Seven [7] weeks or so). This weekend, we receive* the Feast of the ... Read More »

A reflection on MS-13, gang culture and the life of the Church.

Posted by debbie linbrunner on 8/01/17

Pastor’s Letter

A reflection on MS-13, gang culture and the life of the Church.

I think it is fairly well documented that MS-13 was born in the California Prison System at the end of the 1980’s. Salvadoran refugees fled the terrible civil war that ravaged so much of their ... Read More »

Dispositio:

Posted by debbie linbrunner on 7/26/17

 

 

 

Dispositio:

 

 

              As Capuchins we use Latin words periodically to show that we are older than we look.

 

              Dispositio means the assignments of all the friars of the province. May 14-18 we met as a province of friars in a “chapter”, it ... Read More »

The novitiate is the year friars spend in discernment and preparation for professing vows

Posted by debbie linbrunner on 7/18/17

Pastor’s Letter July 23. 2017

The novitiate is the year friars spend in discernment and preparation for professing vows. It is an intense time of prayer and reflection. More recently the year prior, postulancy, has become the 1st year living in community.  In my time it was more informal ... Read More »

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