Living gratefully

Living gratefully

Counting blessings sometimes helps me realize that I can’t count them all. It moves me to live in a world where there is abundance, where sharing what I have is possible. – Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM

Encounter with a stranger

Encounter with a stranger

Moving is disorienting, no matter how often a person has done it.  Bruce and Bryant Hausfeld stopped in recently.  They’ve moved so many times that they switch up the biblical phrase, “pilgrims and strangers” and describe themselves as “strange pilgrims”.  Anytime a...
Reception of Novices

Reception of Novices

Fourteen novices were received into the Order on July 16 in Santa Barbara, Calif., in a simple ceremony that included four provincials, three secretaries of formation and a host of supporting friars, representing all six of the restructuring provinces. There was also...
The Testimony of Easter

The Testimony of Easter

BY FR. MARK SOEHNER, OFM Last Saturday Lt.-Col. Arnaud Beltram, 44, a French police officer, voluntarily took the place of a female hostage in a terror attack in a supermarket in Trebes, France. He was hoping to motivate the ISIS inspired gunman to end his standoff...