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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Brother Roger Lopez, O.F.M. reflects on ways to make Christ present

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Big love in small places: Weddings are a time of great joy and celebration. They remind us of the self-emptying love Christ has for His Church. I have recently attended two weddings, one for a cousin and another for a friend. My presence at weddings does produce a certain amount of confusion. People scratch their heads trying to figure out if I am a rogue Jedi Knight or a hobbit that has lost his way to the Shire. Family and friends normally set the record straight.


As the wedding reception progresses, I find myself talking to more and more people, most complete strangers. At first they are curious about my way of living, but the conversation normally turns to their own self-examination of moral living. I try to open my heart and listen to them, asking the Holy Spirit for aid and counsel. So many people reflect on a list of failures, attempts to love unselfishly that fall short. And in this, they see themselves unworthy of God.


And as I listen, I hear all the glorious ways they have and do love. The care for their children, financially support their Catholic grade school, call their despondent brother every week. Small acts of love, small moments of God grace. I bring these acts of love to the surface, saying, “In these small acts of love you witness God’s presence.” Daily we must reflect on the ways we prevented Christ from coming into our life, but also rejoice in the ways we invited Him in.

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