March 15-17, 2019, Fr. Bernie Palka, SA, Sr. Lucinda Patterson, SA, Bro. Paolo Nicosia, SA, and Paul Krenzelok, Director of Discernment Ministry led a “discernment” retreat weekend for 10 diverse and vibrant young adults. The purpose was to help these young adults answer the question, “What is God’s plan for my life?” Although no one by the end of the weekend “figured out” God’s plan—which wasn’t the purpose—these young adults did come away with tools to understand God’s plan bit by bit.
There was a young boy named Rocky Dennis. You may have heard about him, his life was once loosely depicted in the film, Mask. Rocky had a rare disease that caused his skull and bones in his face to grow larger than they should. His face was misshapen and disfigured, and people would avoid him.
This year marks the 100th anniversary that the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement have been honoring the Blessed Mother under the title of Our Lady of the Atonement. To honor her and help others come into her mercy through prayer, a new stained glass window at St. Joseph the Worker parish in Richmond, British Columbia, has been installed.
Each year, through Mother Church, God “gives us this joyful season when we prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery with mind and heart renewed… as we recall the great events that gave us new life in Christ” (Preface of Lent I).
The words a person chooses to speak are a window through which to see and know their heart. According to statisticians, the average man speaks about 25,000 words a day, and the average woman 30,000. From the first “good morning” to the last “good night,” each engages in approximately 30 conversations a day. So given these figures, the average person spends about 15 years, or about one-fifth, of his or her life talking.
This past January 29, Br. Paolo Nicosia, SA, represented the Atonement Friars, as well as the Franciscan International, at two meetings at the United Nations. These events looked at issues concerned with the protection of human life - specifically at human rights and injustices in prison systems.