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Ordinary Life

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On February 18, 2018
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Ordinary Life Many years ago, I spent a week of retreat at Our Lady of Genesee Abbey in upstate New York. On the last day, I returned from the Monastery Church after Mass to the retreat house and decided to spend a few minutes in the chapel before lunch. As I entered the chapel and […]
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The One Thing

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On January 25, 2018
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The One Thing It was a typical morning in Harlem. The phone rang every five minutes and the doorbell every ten. I was meeting individually with the postulants, the youngest members of my community, and listening to their struggles with prayer, celibacy, fraternal living, and leaving their family. Outside the streets were rowdy: car horns, […]
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The Missing Piece

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On January 2, 2018
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The Missing Piece When I was 18 years old I left my family and friends. Unlike many of my peers at the time, I was not leaving for college, military or beginning a new job. I, along with two friends, chose a different path. Without a destination, a plan or a specific purpose, my friends […]
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Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On December 18, 2017
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Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR Fr. Andrew Apostoli died on December 13, 2017 after losing a painful fight with cancer. When I heard that Fr. Andrew was dying, the first thing I thought was, “I want to be there.” Somewhat surprised, I paused for a moment to reconsider. “Yes,” I said to myself, “I need to […]
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Becoming Present

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On December 7, 2017
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Becoming Present At times my mind is a prison cell. No people, no light and no fresh air. Inside these walls the future becomes a fairytale, while the past suffocates the present. I replay my crime over and over again. Ironically, this prison sentence had no jury, judge or verdict. I placed myself there. My […]
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Heroic Love

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On November 19, 2017
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Heroic Love My mother spent the last 15 years of her life in a nursing home suffering from Alzheimer’s. I would be a liar if I said that her disease had not caused my family any suffering or that we accepted it perfectly as part of God’s mysterious will. The reality is, we all suffered […]
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Awakening

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On November 2, 2017
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Awakening I was 17 years old when I first encountered death. My grandmother died one night peacefully in her sleep at the age of 84 with a set of rosary beads next to her bed, which she most likely prayed before slipping away into eternity. A simple woman, she lived on a farm her entire […]
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Preaching – An Encounter With Weakness

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On October 16, 2017
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Preaching – An Encounter With Weakness Preaching is an essential part of Franciscan life. When St. Francis encountered the love of God in Jesus Christ his life was radically altered. Almost overnight Francis went from a man of this world to one in pursuit of the things of heaven. He traded in his fancy clothes […]
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Breathing

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On September 29, 2017
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Breathing On average, a person takes 16 breaths a minute, 960 breaths an hour and 23, 040 breaths a day. Like most people, I have spent my life oblivious to this ordinary human act, until recently. I was sitting in my backyard reading a book and closed my eyes for a few moments of reflection. […]
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The Endless Summer

  • Posted by Fr. Jeremiah Shryock, CFR
  • On September 16, 2017
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The Endless Summer As a kid I dreaded the month of September. The last days of August caused my mind and my body to revolt. I felt depressed, angry and frustrated. Life, as I knew it, was ending, and there was nothing I could do about it. I was unwilling to surrender; yet I was […]
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