A Holy Moment is a moment when you are being the person God created you to be, and you are doing what you believe God is calling you to do in that moment. It is an instance where you set aside self-interest, personal desire, and what you feel like doing, and embrace what you believe will bring the most good to the most people at that moment.
Jesus Our Hope through the Eyes of St. Francis of Assisi Fr. Matthew Palkowski, OFM, Cap Wednesday March 11, 2020 St. Stephen School Hall Refreshments: 6:30 pm; Talk begins at 7:00 pm
Sponsored by the St. Stephen Evangelization and Faith Formation Ministries
St. Francis of Assisi is one of the most popular saints in the world. His joyful approach to the world, to people, to all of life has charmed generations as it invited them to worship God Who loved them. Yet, a study of the life of St. Francis reveals a life marked with sorrow, pain and trials. How did Francis maintain his cheerful and affable character in the face of all his difficulties? St. Francis had an unflagging faith in a God Who loved him. This allowed him to live a life of invincible hope. From the moment of his conversion until his last breath, Francis maintained his hope in Christ. The heart of Francis sought the heart of Christ and heart sang to heart in a song of love. This love anchored his faith in a sure foundation and so allowed his hope to soar. Fr. Matthew will walk us through the life of St. Francis, highlighting the way St. Francis’ joy is the fruit of his hope and the seed of the hope of those around him. Fr. Matthew will present the ways St. Francis’ trials and pains were met with hope in Christ and even served to fortify that hope. With St. Francis as our helper and guide, we, too, can live all the season of our lives in the Hope of Christ.
Fr. Matthew was born in 1960 in Detroit MI. He received an undergraduate degree from Michigan State University, and a graduate degree in Theology from the Catholic University of America. He worked at the Smithsonian before entering the Capuchins. He has served as Parochial Vicar at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Washington DC and at St. John’s in Philadelphia. He was a Hospital Chaplain in Harrisburg, PA, and was the Chaplain at the Philadelphia City Jail. When Pope Francis came to Philadelphia in 2015, Fr. Matthew arranged for him to visit the jail inmates. He has preached at parish missions and at retreats for lay groups, and for priests and religious men and women.