Walking the Walk
Why can’t we all get along? Fr. Dennet Jung, OFM, tries to provide some answers in the homilies and programs he presents at St. Francis Retreat House in Easton, Pa. “It’s the basis of all our human frailties,” he says. “We don’t know how to deal with our parents or authority. Men don’t know how to deal with women; women don’t know how to deal with men. One friar doesn’t know how to deal with another. It’s something I talk about all the time in terms of religious denominations, cultures, conservatives and liberals.” Dennet honed his skills in peacemaking and reconciliation during 35 years of parish ministry. Since 2010 he’s been helping retreatants in Easton discover the inner peace that comes with self-awareness.  He tells them that getting along with others starts with getting along with yourself – the ultimate challenge. “Could I live with myself if there was a clone of me?” he wonders. “I’d probably find all kinds of faults with that other guy.”
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“We, the Franciscans of St. John the Baptist Province, commit ourselves to increase our awareness of issues surrounding refugees, migrants, and victims of human trafficking in order to develop more proactive Franciscan responses on the provincial, friary and personal level.”
— 2008 Chapter Resolution,
Franciscan Friars of St. John the Baptist Province, USA
Welcome
Greetings and peace!
Welcome to our provincial Justice and Peace web pages. During the coming year we hope to raise some issues of importance to us as Franciscans and also of importance to you. We encourage you to spend some time reading and reflecting on these articles that affect our daily lives as members of the Catholic Church, citizens of this country and followers of St. Francis of Assisi.
There are many unjust structures and many issues in our lives today that need to be explored. We might not have all the answers but, hopefully, we’ll have a clearer understanding of them. Then knowing all the facts we can determine what we can do to make our little part of the world a safer and more just place in which to live.
During the last 14 years Sr. Donna Graham has brought many challenging issues, articles and insights to our readers. As she moves on, we thank her for her dedication and service to the friars of SJB Province and to our readers. I look forward to this new challenge and ask that you let me know what you think are the important issues in your lives. Hopefully together we can do our part in building a more just and peaceful world.
Br. Scott Obrecht, OFM
JPIC Animator


Peace Prayer of St. Francis
 
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O divine master, grant that I may not
So much seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive,
In pardoning that we are pardoned,
And in dying that we are born to eternal life.