Travel and Day of Renewal
Since I last posted I have been in Texas visiting prospectives and attended a Day of Renewal for the staff of our Provincial Offices. Busy week, but there have been many graces involved.
I flew to Houston on Easter Monday to begin a two day, 750 mile trek through Texas hitting places like Glen Rose, Austin, and League City. I flew back to Cincinnati Easter Thursday evening. While in Texas, I visited with four men who are considering the possibility of a vocation to our way of life. Visits like these are always a blessing because I get to listen to the hopes and dreams of young men who want to make a difference with their lives. They are on fire with the idea of serving God and the Church and, whether they do that as a Franciscan or as a layman, they are an inspiration to me. With all the bad news we hear today, it is refreshing to meet such good men. I come back from these trips tired, but very happy.
Friday the lay and Franciscan staff of our Provincial offices met for a day of renewal. We spent the day looking at the charism of the Franciscan movement in the world; especially at the charism of Saints Francis and Clare. That same day, our Postulants and Brother Scott left for a quick, weekend tour of our missions in Appalachia. This is an annual trip; part of the Postulancy Program which introduces the Postulants to some of our men and their work for the poor in Kentucky.
This week I travel by car to northern Ohio to visit with more prospectives. God is blessing us with some great young men. Our (your) prayers for vocations are being answered by our Risen Lord.
By the way, the weather here in Cincinnati is still more suitable for Christmas than Easter. :-(