The outburst of song preceded the congress’ concluding mass (Sunday evening, July 3), which left celebrant Christopher Panagoplos, TOR, wondering how he was supposed to follow that act. Nevertheless, the national spiritual assistant made a few quips himself that resulted in laughter rippling through the crowd.
“We had such joy these past few days,” Father Chris noted in his homily. “When we gather, it bubbles forth. We took a journey with Dan (Horan) and now we’re back to the beginning – penance.” He said St. Francis had identified himself with Secular Franciscans – the original brother and sisters of penance.
He noted that “prayer, poverty, humility, conversion” were the four values that Francis stood for, and that characterize Franciscan life today. In fact, the “charism of the order is conversion of life,” he said, and asked: How does this ongoing conversion have expression today?
|Fr. Christopher Panagoplos, TOR|
He added: “The pope tells us to get our feet dirty… Let us start walking in their shoes to feel what they experience.”
In other words, responding to others’ needs “means we are humble and attentive.”
After all, “in God’s plan there is room for everyone.”
Outpouring stuns Sister Caritas
|Sister Caritas, LSOSF|
Bob took out a $20 bill to give to Sister Caritas and invited Q attendees to do the same. In a matter of seconds, seculars and friars were lining up, handing over cash and checks, and hugging the nun. Donations continued throughout the day – which prompted Q Chair Susan Simeone to announce that a stunned Sister Caritas received a total of $6,556.95.