Hand It On

Faith is an interesting thing. Where does it come from? How do we receive it? Where does it go sometimes?

As we are faced with the sobering reality that so many of our young people are either leaving the Church or being brought up in a secular world, we can see how delicate the faith we possess is. Though nearly two millennia in age, it would take but one generation for it to disappear. If no one receives it today, who will be around to pass it on tomorrow?

Now, I should say that I do not believe that we are in such a bleak situation as to say that the Christian faith is being wiped off the face of the earth. Worldwide the number of Christians continues to rise and is stronger than ever in some places. But I do think, especially in the West, it is a question we have to ponder: are we doing enough to make sure that the faith we possess will live beyond us. While it may not disappear completely, there isa good chance that it will be left weaker than when we received it.

For me, that’s just not good enough. Sure, we are facing a secular society that might be as volatile towards religion as it was at the time of the French Revolution. Of course, levels of atheism or non-affiliation may be the highest they have ever been. These are realities for sure, but they are not excuses. The world has seen troubled times, and our Church, trust me when I say, has been through worse. The issue is not the world; the issue is whether or not we have the faith and charisma and effort to infuse that world with something we know is worth handing on.

Will you help me hand on what you have found to the next generation? You can start by clicking here to watch this week’s vlog.

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2 Comments on “Hand It On

  1. Couldn’t get the volume to work…..
    Mine up all the way –
    So was yours…..
    Not sure what I️ was doing wrong.

  2. I enjoyed ” Hand it On “. Keep spreading the Good News Brother. I just read that they’re making Ven. Casey a Blessed on Sat., Nov.18. You share a lot with him. You both have the same name & you’re both Franciscan. One thing is different. He was one of 16 kids in his family. Wow!
    Here’s the article by Mr. Peterson from Aletia web page:

    Solanus Casey: The humble “doorkeeper” priest who will fill a football stadium on Saturday
    This will be the largest Catholic event to take place in Detroit since St. John Paul II visited there in 1987.
    On November 18, 2017, a great event will take place at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, the home field of the NFL’s Detroit Lions. Upwards of 70, 000 people are expected to fill the stadium — but not for a football game. This will be the largest Catholic event to take place in Detroit since St. John Paul II visited there in 1987. And, more than likely, this event will receive barely a mention by the mainstream media. That is the way of things in 2017. But it doesn’t matter.
    It does not matter because this day transcends any political motivation or desire for wealth or fame. The event is the beatification ceremony for Venerable Solanus Casey. At Ford Field or watching from home, we will celebrate a working man who, against all odds, became a priest and will enter the final chapter on his road to being canonized a saint, an American-born saint. This simple, unpretentious man known as the “Doorkeeper” was the kindly priest who shed his ego so he might serve others.
    The sixth child of 16 children, Bernard Francis Casey was born to poor, Irish immigrants in Oak Grove, Wisconsin, in 1870. His family and friends called him Barney. When Barney was a young boy he contracted diphtheria and this left him with a permanently raspy voice. Barney was never going to be a singer but that never mattered to him. He had always felt the calling to the priesthood. Unfortunately, there was a bump in the road for Barney. He had to go to work to help support the family.
    Barney Casey did what he had to do to earn money. He worked as a lumberjack, a prison guard, a streetcar operator and even as a hospital orderly. He did whatever job he had to the best of his ability, always with serving God as his primary goal. Consequently, his education was put on hold and it took him five years to get back to high school. When he did it was at St. Francis High School Seminary in Milwaukee. He spent five years studying before being able to join the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. When he was accepted he took the name Solanus, after St. Francis Solanus.
    Brother Solanus became Father Solanus Casey at the age of 33. He had to fight to get through his studies but he managed, though he was ordained as a “Sacerdos Simplex” — a simple priest, meaning he wouldn’t preach or hear confessions. Father Casey never complained.
    For more than 20 years Father Casey lived at St. Bonaventure Monastery in Detroit. His primary job was that of “doorkeeper.” He became known for his service to the sick and for the advice he would give to the visitors who came by. After a while, people began attributing cures and other blessings to Father Casey’s interaction with them. 
    Father Solanus Casey died in 1957. He was a man who opened and closed doors for people. A man who had no ego and was happy to serve God in the simplest of ways. A man who, with the miracles attributed to -his intercession, will be beatified before tens of thousands of people in a football stadium on November 18, 2017.
    Blessed Solanus Casey, please pray for us. And thank you for your wonderful example of how to live.
    +++
    Thank You Larry Peterson for this news about Bld. Casey O.F.M. Cap. and Thanks Br. Casey OF.M. for your great post.

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