August 16, 2011

Ten Years of Religious Life

Ten years ago today, at the parish church of St. Philip Neri on Jane St. in Toronto, I and six other men were invested in the Capuchin Franciscan habit and began our canonical religious life. All seven of us are still in the Order today.

I'm grateful for all of it, the joys and the trials, the opportunities and the renunciations.

I've been praying over this in gratitude as a way to try to enter well into my current transition into guardian of the fraternity where I live. I realize that there are a lot of round numbers rolling around in my life around now. This is my fortieth year on this earth. Soon I will have been baptized for half of that life. Just more than half of my baptized life I have spent with the Capuchins, and just over half of that I have been blogging here.

There have been both trials and joys in abundance. But most of all there is the Lord, who is untiring in the way he tries to give me the grace of these consecrations each day. I have hardly made a beginning of living even a token response to such a gift, but who cares? Before the goodness of God and the salvation we have in Jesus Christ, my sins and my love both are tedious and boring.

Praised be Jesus Christ. That's all there is to say.

8 comments:

GP said...

CONGRATULATIONS, Padre!! Happy 10th Anniversary to you and your brother friars too!!

Continued prayers for your vocation and ministry to all God's people!!

George

Sara said...

Fr. Charles, what a great image- all those little broken bits of time each half as long as the bit before it- decades blessed, years blessed, all the way down to each day. :) Happy anniversary!

greg said...

Congratulations for hitting the big milestone.

We are so blessed to have you living as a friar today in this challenging world.

Though I do not wish to raise you to the level of an icon, there is great comfort in looking around, this many centuries later, and finding a Brother of Francis among us.

Blessings.

A Secular Franciscan said...

Happy Anniversary!

Brother Charles said...

Thank you, everyone.

Michael Hallman said...

Congratulations, and happy anniversary! What a blessing you've been to all of us - many blessings to you for many more years of fruitful religious life :)

Dennis McCormack said...

Happy Anniversary Fr. Charles.

Barb, sfo said...

Congratulations, and thank you!