Ah, the summer time! It’s a time for swimming and hiking and being outside and just being lazy.
I recently returned from a week visiting my sister, Ruth, and her family, some friars and friends. It was great to ignore the alarm clock, the telephone, and the e-mail for a week and spend time with friends and nature.
One highlight was a concert of Voices Without Borders at Cross in the Woods in Indian River, Mich. It featured choirs of young people from around the world coming together to celebrate music and dance and the joy of being united across borders and cultures and languages. I especially enjoyed the Yip’s Children’s Choir from Hong Kong. Their colorful costumes, their music and their dancing communicated their joy at sharing their cultural heritage. The Mariachi Del Ray, from Kingville, Texas, proved that the U.S.A. has a rich musical and cultural heritage, too.
I returned from vacation inspired and relaxed. I hope all of you can enjoy our rich Franciscan heritage on our website. Welcome, Friends!
--Fr. Frank Jasper, OFM