Wednesday, October 9, 2013

No to a 'culture of the temporary'!

Listen to Pope Francis' words about vocation from his visit to Assisi...

I recently returned from Rome where I had been attending several meetings. I made use of the opportunity to travel to Assisi, birthplace of St Francis, with four other Presentation Brothers. Born in 1182, he is the founder of the Order of Franciscans. Despite the millions of tourists and pilgrims Assisi attracts every year, it remains a beautiful and tranquil refuge. The spirit of Francis hovers over every aspect of the city’s life.

Pope Francis visited Assisi recently for the feast of the Saint. I also took the opportunity to attend the Holy Father's Wednesday Papal audience which takes place weekly in St. Peter’s Basilica. I admired the energy and enthusiasm of Pope Francis as he tried to meet with and greet the thousands of people who came to see him. His simple life style is inspiring.

In a recent reflection, it was encouraging to hear him say that religious men and women are prophets for today. They have chosen to follow Jesus and imitate his life in obedience, poverty, community living and chastity. It is a life of fruitfulness, he said. Any young men who feel challenged and called to this way of life, don’t hesitate to get in touch! E-mail me at

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