NEW YORK – “We spend much of our life trying to find God, to know God, and to love God, but we do not realize that God is trying to find us, to know us, and to love us! Like the father in the parable who runs halfway to meet his son, God, too, heedless of dignity, rushes to welcome us.”
With this poignant reflection, Basil Valente, OFM, vocation director, welcomed five men to spend five days with the community at St. Francis Friary in Manhattan as they prayed, cooked, worshiped, and ministered with the friars in celebration of St. Francis of Assisi. In honor of the feast, Basil extended this retreat from the standard three days to allow guests who are discerning their vocation a chance to dive more deeply into the fraternal and ministerial life of the friars, who welcomed them in the spirit of Franciscan hospitality.
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