Thursday, September 14, 2017

Transitus - The Commemoration of the Passing of St. Francis from this World into God

A bilingual Transitus service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at Sacred Heart Church (1530 S. Union Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225). 

A pitch-in reception provided by the 4 Indianapolis Secular Franciscan Fraternities (Sacred Heart, People of Peace, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament and Peregrinos de La Paz) will follow immediately at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall (1125 S. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225) The parish hall will be open at 6:00 p.m. for food drop off and set up.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Plenty of Seeds Have Been Planted

Recently, I attended our region's Chapter of Mats. There were a lot of formation directors there. We were urged to study and master the For Up To Now (FUN) National Formation Manual.

On the way home from the chapter gathering, it occurred to me that there are over 600 Secular Franciscan fraternities in the United States. Each fraternity has a copy of the FUN Manual. Each formation director is charged with being a good steward of the FUN Manual and using it as a resource for the formation of new members and ongoing formation of professed members. It is an amazing resource.

Plenty of seeds have been planted. Many will bear fruit.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Exploring the Galilean Ministry of Jesus

Franciscans follow Christ. I am still exploring the Galilean Ministry of Jesus, the Christ. I found two resources that will help me stay focused on that topic.

Check out The Interactive Life of Jesus website, which I have yet to explore. See Galilean Ministry and Events in the Galilean Ministry.

Also, check out the Bible Training website, which I am just starting to explore. It has a helpful article on the Galilean Ministry of Jesus.

By the way, all of the apostles were Galilean, except one. Care to guess who that was?

Saturday, December 31, 2016

A Galilean Vision of Christianity - Alfred North Whitehead

Recently, while reading The Emergent Christ by Franciscan sister Ilia Delio I came across multiple references to Process Philosophy and Process Theology that was developed by Alfred North Whitehead. I knew nothing about them. So, I started doing a little reading.

I learned that Whitehead was not a Christian, but his Process Theology has attracted many Christian theologians.

Because Whitehead is hard to understand I borrowed from the library A Key to Whitehead's Process and Reality by Donald W. Sherburne. Thumbing through the book, I found an interesting assessment of western religion. Whitehead states that there are three schools of Christian thought that "can be associated with the divine Caesars, the Hebrew prophets, and Aristotle." According to Whitehead, these three approaches have been combined over the centuries in various ways. However, he says there is another way.

"There is ... in the Galilean origin of Christianity, yet another suggestion which does not fit in very well.... It does not emphasize the ruling Caesar, or the ruthless moralist, or the unmoved mover. It dwells upon the tender elements in the world, which slowly and in quietness operate by love, and it finds purpose in the present immediacy of a kingdom not of this world. Love neither rules, nor is it unmoved; also it is a little oblivious as to morals. It does not look to the future; for it finds its own reward in the immediate present." (This quote can be found on pages 342 - 343 of Process and Reality or 178 - 179 of Sherburne's book.)

It seems to me that Galilean Christianity is what being a Franciscan is all about.

Even with Sherbune's book, Whitehead's metaphysics was difficult for me to grasp. Here are three college level lectures delivered by the late Arthur F. Holmes, a professor at Wheaton College, that helped me.  Each lecture is about 60 minutes long.

A History of Philosophy | 61 Whitehead's Process Philosophy

A History of Philosophy | 62 Whitehead and Process Theology

A History of Philosophy | 63 Whitehead's "Science and Modern World"

A History of Philosophy | 64 American Pragmatism (Ten minute summary of Whitehead)

Gerard Manley Hopkins - A Poet for Franciscans

Every Franciscan should be familiar with the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins. However, he is not an easy poet to understand. This lecture by Steve Ayers is an outstanding introduction to Hopkins. It is just over 60 minutes long. It is well worth the investment of time.

Hopkin's poems and commentaries about his poetry can be found on the Poetry Foundation website and on the SparkNotes website.

There are lots of audio recordings of Hopkin's poetry on YouTube. Hopkin's poetry should be listened to, not silently read. Enjoy.