Spiritual Reflections by Brother Bob

Spiritual Reflections, August 31, 2019 by Br. Bob Roddy, OFM Conv., Director, Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center

This weekend we celebrate Labor Day, a day set aside to celebrate the American worker. Interestingly enough, this year is the 125th Anniversary of Labor Day becoming a National Holiday.

The dignity of work and workers themselves was articulated by Pope Leo XIII in 1891 in his groundbreaking encyclical, Rerum et Novarum. The title, Rerum et Novarum, roughly translates: “on new things.” The subtitle of the encyclical, “The Rights and Duties of Capital and Labor,” provides a greater understanding of the scope and message of the Pope’s encyclical. A papal encyclical is a pastoral letter that is addressed to the whole Church. In this letter, Pope Leo recognized that workers had a right to collectively organize into unions; that workers had a right to work in humane conditions and that they had a right to a fair wage….

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Podcasts to enjoy at home during this time of Social Distancing

-As Pentecost approaches Fr. Jim Van Dorn and Fr. Jim Kent explore the mysteries of the Holy Spirit from the time of creation right on through to our time in the midst of the Covid 19 pandemic. 25 minutes of audio to listen to on your computer or to download. 
-Tributes to Loved ones Past – Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center in Prior Lake 
– shared by the Friars and Retreat Presenters 
-Finding Beauty and Meaning in Day to Day Living
 with Retreat presenter Cindy Geiger
-Cultivating Tenderness during the Covid 19 Virus Era
with Retreat presenter Jayne Krim and Bob Beck
-Guided Prayer Session, number two of three
-Abundant Life in the Midst of the Pandemic
with Retreat presenters Steve and Debbie Koop
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with the Friars of the Franciscan Retreat Center, music and singing from retreat musician Chris Martin
-When We Might Not Recognize Jesus in our Midst
with Fathers Jim Van Dorn and Jim Kent

Pope Francis

Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si,” is inspired in part by St. Francis’ poem “Canticle of the Sun.”

“Laudato si, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord.” In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us. “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs.”

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My children don’t go to Mass – what can I do??

At our parishes and retreat centers, and even in more casual conversations, we hear this question frequently. In the letters and email we receive asking for prayers, this is the number one request. And it isn’t just about high school kids – people are worried about their adult children as well.

Friar Jude Winkler has some advice for parents (and grandparents) whose kids have drifted away from the Catholic faith. Read more

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Making Space for God and Yourself in a Busy World

– by Fr. Jim Van Dorn

Salvation means to ‘make space.’

Love makes space. Real Love gives one room to grow. We make space for each others growth today so that God’s tomorrow will not happen without us.  We need to make room to experience God. We need to make space to take care of ourselves because our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit.  If you make appointments for everybody else but don’t write in appointments for your own self-care, you’re missing out. Make space for yourself so you can make high quality space for others.  Coming on retreat is creating space to love and worship God. And creating space to let your creator look at his creation and love you.  Through Jesus, God created space for us. God created space where we could know him through the humanity of Jesus.

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