Dear Friars, we’ve learned so much from you. Here are a few morsels. Thank you for every one of them.
– Read the Gospels and learn from them. How can you follow a guy if you don’t know what he did?
– If you’re ever faced with a choice between following a rule and love, choose love. Jesus did.
– A little religion goes a long way.
– Stand in the Gospel. You can’t go wrong when you’re standing there.
– Living life at a distance is not living; draw people close, love them and let them love you.
– Love and help your neighbor, all of them. Form relationships wherever you can.
– God bless America is only part of the story.
– If you’re not making someone angry, you’re not preaching the Gospel.
– Never surrender the tough issues to a false sense of peace. Sit in the struggles. Embrace suffering.
– Speak up and out and for. (Even if it gets you in trouble.)
– Ask what is needed, then get busy.
– Weakness is strength. There is dignity in needing each other; community is a blessing; going it alone is empty.
– We save each other.
– What we do on this earth matters.
– If what we do within the church walls is not reflected in what we do outside of them, and vice versa, then we run the risk of betraying both.
– The parable of the good shepherd is not a warm and cozy message. Know that shepherd.