As some of you know I was on a week-long discernment retreat with the Augustinian’s last week. I met the other two prenovices, Tom and Spencer, who I’ll be living with for a year. Our spiritual director, Fr. Jim, an 87 year old friar, who lives very much in the spirit of Pope Francis led the retreat. The charism of the OSA’s (Order of St. Augustine) is community; so everything, their way of life, is centered on fostering an authentic and genuine community life. The friars are very intentional in what they do in common: eat, pray and work. I discovered that they aren’t rushed in anything that they do, whether that’s praying before the Blessed Sacrament or simply spending quality time at the dinner table, conversing and creating a playful banter that St. Augustine encourages in his rule. The retreat experience was very encouraging and affirming; thanks for all of your prayers and know that you all were in my prayers as well.
Fr. Emmanuel and I will be away for the weekend as we had previously scheduled a priest from Food for the Poor to cover the masses. The parish has been generous in its support of this initiative; if you’re able please consider making a donation to this very important ministry.
I’d like to offer my thanks to all of you who have already made a contribution to our Lenten Almsgiving project or have taken a shopping list home. We’re really excited about the great possibilities that we have to share our resources with those who are less fortunate. I know I told you that I’d write about the last of the Lenten pillars, that of fasting, but I’ll wait to do that next week.