Beware the sin of envy
"St. Paul tells us, No one can say Jesus is Lord, except in the Holy Spirit (1Cor. 12: 3) and, There is none who does good, no, not even one (Rom. 3: 12). and so when a man envies his brother the good God says or does through him, it is like committing a sin of blasphemy, because he really envying God, who is the only source of every good."
St. Francis of Assisi
Monday, August 13, 2012
Thursday, August 2, 2012
The Boston Globe is reporting the details of this investigation and arrest. The priest is a Franciscan Conventual from a Polish province, sent to Boston to serve the Polish community there.
Having been in different periods of vocational discernment in the Church, I know how psychological screening in the seminaries has changed over the years. In the '70's, it was a multiple choice test. When I was considering a vocation to the Franciscan friars in the U.S., it was a day long series of tests and interviews; same when I entered the Permanent Diaconate formation program for the Archdiocese of Boston.
I know that it is becoming popular for dioceses to import clergy from overseas to fill the needs of their parishes. But do we really know how carefully the dioceses of other countries screen their own candidates for priesthood?
Francis persuaded the Pope to give an indulgence to anyone who came into the Portiuncola chapel and pray for the forgiveness of sins. The Portiuncola privilege has been extended to all Franciscan churches and chapels; as long as one also goes to confession, attends Mass and receives communion.
Pray for us, Mary, Our Lady of the Angels, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.