out of great silence

It has been a long time since I last wrote. These past few months have been particularly fruitful.

There have been some difficult times. My Dad has undergone health issues, which brought me back to Wisconsin for a few days. Thankfully, the situation has improved dramatically since that time. More recently, I was hit by the nasty Norovirus bug. This entailed three days and four nights of residence in a lovely quarantine room. If you ask my brothers, they will tell you how well I took that. (“You’re holding me prisoner..!”) A few days later, I was on (another) silent retreat at beautiful St. Clare Retreat in Soquel, California. Needless to say, I have been given ample time to seriously pray and reflect on my future. Now, more than ever before, I say “YES” to this life and all that it entails. God-willing (and provincial-willing), I will be taking first vows on July 22nd. Then, I will be back in Chicago for studies.

Although I greatly look forward to life and ministry as a vowed Capuchin friar, I need to live in the present. There are still four full months here at the novitiate. Thankfully, I have a couple creative projects to help enrich my prayer and ground me in the here and now of San Lorenzo. It is a very picturesque time of year in Santa Ynez with all of the wildflowers coming into full bloom.

So, under the patronage of Servant of God Sister Ida Peterfy (1922-2000), who shines bright as a contemporary example of one who always found the strength to say “yes” to her vocation—even in the midst of great trial and uncertainty—let’s break this silence and shout “YES!” to the loving God who shows us the path of life every day.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank all of you for your prayers (there are not many who read this blog, but I personally know that those who do are praying people)!

some pictures of the past few months:

 

Brother Joe Babcock, ofm cap

A native of Port Washington, WI, I am a friar-in-formation for the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph (Midwest USA). Click here to read more...