St. Francis of Assisi Blog
I have never longed for Christ – made present in Church community and most especially the Eucharist – so deeply.
We’re not able to gather in the same way that we normally would. But that doesn’t mean our joy in the Resurrection is diminished.
At St. Francis, we wanted to make a list of businesses run by parishioners of St. Francis of Assisi and neighboring parishioners that we could support during this pandemic.
This was supposed to be my Lent, the one where every day was full of profound experiences and deep spiritual growth…
In the Atrium, the message of God’s love for us is ever present; it’s in the Mass, in the Bible, in the way we meditate on God’s Word. But, during Lent, one of the ways we learn of God’s love for us is through the Parable of the Good Shepherd in the Gospel of John (John 10:1-16).
Sometimes you have to wait for the thing you really, really want. Maybe it’s the dream job you’ve been working toward. Maybe it’s finally being tall enough to ride the big roller coaster. … In the Atrium, we spend a lot of time teaching the children to wait.
And that’s really what the heart of communication is all about – building community.
This quiet simple Mass was an important reminder to me about noise. The noise of life doesn’t keep God from us. No, He’s always there beside us journeying with us through our lives. But, the noise of my busy life keeps me from seeing and feeling Him.
Dear Young Church, I want you to know that when I see you, I see my brothers and sisters in Christ. I don’t see young people who will one day grow up to be actual Christians. No, I don’t just see the Church of tomorrow… When I see you, I see the Church of today – right now – as you are.
A few weeks ago, I took a group of eighteen high school students and two volunteers on a sixteen-hour bus ride from Grapevine to a summer camp nestled in the southern foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the northeast corner of Georgia called Camp Covecrest… There were a lot of different things constantly vying for my attention. One of those constant things is Jesus, who is constantly reaching out to encounter us.
In the midst of the chaos of everyday life, and ESPECIALLY in the summer when we can get out of normal routines, prayer often takes a backseat… I suppose somewhere along the way I started to believe the lie that my life should be easier because I am a Christian… or that I should get what I want because I “do things” for Jesus.
Rita, like most children, found herself losing a lot of things. She’d misplace the occasional sweater, and without fail, her parents would insist she pray to St. Anthony, patron Saint of lost things.