Dear Friends,

Greetings in the name of our Good Lord!

“Repent and Believe!” That word, “repent,” could cause someone to experience a fear going down the spine. We hear the call of the Lord to “repent and believe” during the Season of Lent. It is not a time for fear but a time to return to the Lord, to who we are in the eyes of God. Friars: Ian, Wayne, and Mario share their reflections about the spiritual rejuvenation during our Lent that opens the way to Easter Joy.

St. Francis of Assisi spent Lent on the island of Trasimeno in the Lake of Perugia, Italy, in preparation for the Feast of Easter. He fasted for 40 days and 40 nights without eating any food. He brought with him two loaves of bread to tempt himself; and ate half a loaf to “cast forth from himself the poison of vainglory” (The Little Flowers of St. Francis, 40). How shall you and I live Lent in preparation for Easter Joy?

St. Francis and St. Anthony exemplify for us that our fraternity of brothers accepts the challenge of proclaiming the greatness of the Lord in mission and ministry. We invite you to join us in doing the same.

May the Lord bless you and keep you; May He show His face to you and be merciful to you. May He turn His countenance to you and give you peace. May the Lord bless you. (Blessing of St. Francis)

Fr. John Elmer OFM Conv.
Spiritual Director

Repentance: A Biblical Perspective

Among the first words quoted of Jesus in Mark’s Gospel are “repent, and believe in the good news.” Come Ash Wednesday, we might hear this appeal recited to us when soot is smudged on our heads. But what comes to mind when we are told to repent? Since Lent is a time…
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Repent and Believe the Gospel

Repent and Believe the Gospel by friar Wayne Hellmann, OFM Conv. In November 2021, Pope Francis made a private visit to the Poor Clare contemplative nuns in Assisi. Besides asking the sisters for their prayers, he delivered a striking message to them. His message in November serves as a good reflection for…
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Discerning Through Our Deserts

Every First Sunday of Lent we hear of Jesus being driven to the desert by the Holy Spirit. This occurs immediately after being baptized in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. The heavens open and the Voice of God declares: “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased”…
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Repent & Replenish

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Faith: A Family Affair

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Ministry Spotlight – Prison Ministry

Inspired by the words of Jesus, “I was imprisoned, and you visited me.” (Mark 25:35), our friars seek to bring God’s mercy, the Gospel’s light, and hope to those incarcerated. In the belief that every person is made in the image of God and no life is beyond His reach, our friars…
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Province Assembly

74 friars from Province of Our Lady of Consolation gathered at Mount Saint Francis Center for Spirituality for their Province Assembly, November 8-10, 2021. Assemblies are generally times when the friars gather and receive input as well as participate in group work on a particular issue or issues facing the community; they…
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