Friar Planning Session
At Clifty Falls State Park near Madison, IN I awoke this morning to the scene at the left out my bedroom window. The morning mist was slowly moving down the Ohio River and the sun was just getting up over the horizon. What a beautiful day, the second and final of two planning days that I and sixteen other friars attended. Yesterday we discussed a very supportive and challenging document we received from our General Minister in Rome concerning the ideals and practicalities of Franciscan life. As a representative group of friars meeting with the Provincial Minister and his Council, we discussed and dreamed of ways to live our life more fully according to the "priorities of our Order."
For the past few years, the Order has set five priorities for ourselves. The first, and the "Priority of all the priorities" is the Contemplative Dimension of our life often call the "spirit of prayer and devotion." The other four priorities are: Fraternal Life in Community; Minority, Poverty, and Solidarity; Evangelization-Mission; and Formation and Studies. We looked at each of these anew and prayed and discussed how we might keep growing individually and as a community in these ideals of our Franciscan Life.
On the left, Fr. Alex Kratz scratches his head as he "ponders" a weighty question in the midst of our discussion while Bro. Tim Lamb sits quietly in deep thought. On the right, Fr. Fred Link, our Minister Provincial, makes a point while Fr. Dan Anderson listens. But the days were not all work. We prayed and sang and celebrated Eucharist together and enjoyed some very good food both at the Inn and at a small Italian restaurant last night.