Friar Don Miller. OFM
I am a Franciscan priest. I spent my early years of ministry in New Mexico working among the Pueblo Native Americans and the Hispanics. In 1978 I began my years in academics working as a chaplain, faculty member, and administrator at various universities in the southwest and the midwest. I taught various course in theology, especially in my area of specialty which is moral theology. I have been the Vocation Director for the Province of Saint John the Baptist since 2003.
 
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Offensive Political Comments
The dire predictions that our way of life has ended and that we are in for religious persecutions and forced Obama Islamic affiliation are becoming offensive. Such nonsense in the wake of Mr. Obama's re-election point to the root cause of much of the polarization in our country and in our Church. And it is contrary to our Gospel life.

Jesus tells us to love our enemies; not to vilify them. We can disagree with the President and we can object to some of his opinions and stands, but we may not condemn him or vilify him.He is not "evil." As a fellow human being, Mr. Obama is intrinsically good because he is created in the image and likeness of our God.

We have enough polarization in our country and Church to last multiple lifetimes. Let's listen to the Gospel in which we are called to love and respect one another. We don't have to agree, but we do have to respect and listen to one another.

As I said, I find some of the comments floating around offensive. They are contrary to the Gospel and I find them unacceptable.
Off to Plano, TX
I'm at the Cincinnati airport this morning heading to Plano, TX for the NRVC Convocation. The is the bi-annual gathering of Vocation Directors. I just returned last evening from the USAFA where I talked to about 80 cadets about Franciscan Vocations and then gave a lecture on the Role of Religion in the Social Dialogue to the faculty and administration of the Academy.

THAT was a trip! Colorado is beautiful and the Academy is an exciting place. I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to speak there.