There are a lot of all-stars in the room tonight. Some of them play basketball. But most are supporters, coaches or staff of Friars Club. Four are honorees, people so selfless they give us pause about our own attempts at altruism. All are here for a common cause, to raise funds that will ensure kids a safe and nurturing place to call their own.
Here is a picture of me at a recent regional NRVC gathering at the Franciscan Sisters of Sylvania, Ohio. We attended a Podcast taping of Ask a Sister, part of A Nun’s LIfe ministry.
I appreciate the many friars who have accompanied the new brothers over the 175 years of St. John the Baptist Province. It has led us into the adventure of our lives: a life of prayer, ministry with those in need, and a fraternity of brothers pledged to living the Gospel of Jesus in new ways in our world today.
It was a classic wake, with relatives speaking fondly and openly about a friar prized for his gifts, his quirks and his faithfulness. Asked to share memories of Br. Steve Richter at his March 27 funeral, many family members weighed in, eager to talk about a man they agreed was “a character”.
“We often just miss the present moment. Contemplative prayer is opening us up to the grace and good and love that’s happening in the present moment. The past is gone and the future isn’t here yet. All we have is this present moment and we often miss it,” says Br. Mark Ligett.