The Gospel Through a Franciscan Lens – 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time – Fr. Christopher

Jesus knows this law as well as any other rabbi of His day.  But He chooses to break the law in a most deliberate and decisive way—He actually stretches out His hand and touches the leper who came for a cure.  Touches him.  Inexcusable!  Irresponsible!  But it works!  Jesus’ tender touch makes the leper clean.

2024-02-10T18:35:07-05:00February 10th, 2024|Categories: CNSA, Homilies|1 Comment

The Gospel Through a Franciscan Lens – 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2024

"Care of the sick and infirm reminds us most visibly of how God deals with us graciously in our weakness.  There is the tendency in all of us to stand tall and proud, attractive in strength and talent.  We even rely on those things and think of those things as important to our relationships with others. . . . And so, we need a reminder that God does not glory in our accomplishments.  God loves us for who we are—fragile and failing human beings—bent for another kind of glory where the accomplishment is God’s and ours is the gratitude."

2024-02-03T12:06:05-05:00February 3rd, 2024|Categories: CNSA, Homilies|1 Comment

What Way are You Going?

Abraham Lincoln had it right. We should not claim God’s blessing and endorsement for national policies and practices. We should not proclaim that God is on our side. Rather, said Lincoln, we should pray whether we are on God’s side. Martin Luther King Jr reminded us of God’s purposes for peace, for justice, for the building of the “beloved community,” where everyone is welcomed, everyone is included, and no one felt left out of the conversation. By the working of the Holy Spirit in human hearts, unity is forged in diversity. ...

2024-01-25T15:00:29-05:00January 29th, 2024|Categories: CNSA, From the Newsletter|0 Comments

The Gospel Through a Franciscan Lens

On May 3rd, 2020, Fr. Christopher Panagoplos recorded his first Sunday homily to be shared with the Secular Franciscan Order.  Since then, faithfully, he has prepared and delivered a homily each week, reflecting on the scriptures from a Franciscan perspective. As we approach the beginning of a fourth year of these treasures, Fr. Christopher shares in his most recent homily for Sunday, January 28th, 2024, the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, some insights about how our following in the footsteps of our Seraphic Father, Francis, we are following in the footsteps of Christ himself.

2024-01-27T15:06:46-05:00January 27th, 2024|Categories: CNSA, Homilies|0 Comments

CNSA Workshop – Intentional Choices: The Life and Ministry of a Spiritual Assistant

On Thursday, January 18th, the Conference of National Spiritual Assistants (CNSA) gave a workshop for 12 local and regional spiritual assistants and formation directors from St. Francis, St. Junipero Serra and St. Thomas More regions at Mary and Joseph Retreat Center in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

2024-01-24T17:19:48-05:00January 24th, 2024|Categories: CNSA, Spiritual Assistance|0 Comments

Our Freedom, our choice, is to live as Christ lived

Fourth of July is a civil celebration, but for us Franciscans—indeed for all Christians—any commemoration is infused with a sense of God’s presence. While many of the Founding Fathers of our nation did not believe in the kind of God we believe in as Catholic Christians, several were Christian, and others acknowledged some kind of godly presence worthy of giving direction to our lives and our common project of national government. But what kind of freedom do we celebrate? ...

2022-09-07T14:06:01-04:00September 12th, 2022|Categories: CNSA, From the Newsletter|0 Comments
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