Sunday, 14 September 2014

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

There were raised eyebrows when Jesus tells Nicodemus in John's Gospel that the Son of Man is destined to suffer, and to die on the cross. What he was saying didn't make sense to the disciples and to Nicodemus. They all felt that the promised Messiah should fit into their category - that of saviour who would be powerful and influential in the eyes of the world. God's ways are not our ways. 

The language Jesus speaks is at variance with the language the world speaks. Pilate couldn't understand why Jesus seems to be indifferent to whether he could save him or condemn him. "Don't you know that I have the power to set you free or to crucify you?" "You would have now power over me if it had not been given you from above." This attitude of Jesus rattles Pilate. Jesus is on a mission and is unconcerned about himself. He wants only what the Father wants. He is interested in God's will and nothing more. 

The shadow of the cross is something that many people live with today. Parents of sick children, people coping with the loss of a loved one. Those who are living with a new reality following a health scare, and families making a decision to leave home to find work elsewhere. The homeless and those who are marginalised. Innocent people living in the crossfire of warring factions in places crippled by war and injustice. The cross of Jesus Christ is there to show all who struggle that their sufferings are not ignored and that God sees this clearly. And he sends generous people to help make a difference. At fist glance the cross of Jesus is a symbol of pain and shame. But look deeper and the cross is the theatre of redemption. 

Friday, 29 August 2014

New Postulants.

Seven new candidates begin their formation with the Capuchins of St. Conrad Province. We wish them well and will keep them in our prayers. Please pray for vocations, daily, if possible.

"Pray the Lord of the harvest to send labourers into the harvest."

Friday, 15 August 2014

Capuchin Vocations: Discernment Reflections

If you think God might be calling you to religious life and would like help in discerning your vocation I will be only too pleased to support you in your discernment. If you so wish you can come and spend some time in one of our communities so as to experience for yourself what our life is like. You can contact me at 086 3230638 or  (Br. Terence Harrington, Vocations director)