My dear brothers and sisters,                                                                October, 2021 As the Transitus (passing from this life to the next) of St. Francis approaches, I reflect on the Janet Sullivan Whitaker verse: The hungry, the lonely, the forgotten, the neglected, abandoned, invisible, the homeless, the battered, the frightened, the hopeless, the dying.  All of these are Me. These…

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Dear Sisters and Brothers, Meet Araceli; she is one of the thousands of children in Mexico who have NEVER had shoes.  In the winter her little feet are cold and in the summer she scurries across the hot gravel and dirt and trash. This sweet child wants to go to school.  Even though it is…

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The children, elderly, homeless, widows, single mothers, hardworking migrant farmers and all of our marginalized brothers and sisters served by the Casa Franciscana Mission count on us for the basic necessities that we offer.  We depend on you to care and to help. However, the Casa Franciscana Outreach board is always looking for other opportunities…

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Dear sisters and brothers, Easter is the celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the dead after being crucified on a tree.  Yes, the cross was made of a tree.  From His sacrifice another tree sprouted – the Franciscan Tree of Life (FTOL).  Many of you know the missionaries who “pollinated” this tree carrying out Christ’s entreaty:…

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My dear Sisters and Brothers, Nothing lights up the world like the smile of a child.  With our children’s dining room and the youth center closed due to the pandemic we do not see many smiles.  Children wander aimlessly with sickness and poverty all around them.  As we have moved our ministries into the barrios,…

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Back by request or start a new tradition: Prayer of Thanks before Opening Gifts Lord, let us hold this time in our hearts, the wrong sizes, the snippets of ribbon and most important, each other. Help us to remember the immense love you have for every person in this room and those that cannot be…

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In 1531, the Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego, an indigenous Mexican farmer. During that first sacred encounter and in several more apparitions over the next few days, Mary spoke to Juan Diego in his native Aztec language and asked him to petition the bishop to build a church. She instructed him to bring roses to…

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Dear sisters and brothers, When I sat down to write about this difficult year, I asked the Holy Spirit for guidance.  He immediately led me to the Nativity scene in Bethlehem where Joseph and Mary were alone to experience the birth of their Son.  The young couple were like many in the 2020 pandemic, separated…

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When I have food, help me to remember the hungry;When I have work, help me to remember the jobless;When I have a home, help me to remember those who have no home at all;When I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer, And in remembering, help me to destroy my complacency;bestir my…

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I pray for the leaders of our government to find Your peace and direction, and for these men and women to act and direct according to Your Word. A house divided against itself cannot stand, therefore, I pray for them to be unified in doing the right thing for the sake of the nation.  In…

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