My Third Guest Post on Franciscan Mission Service

Letting Go Of The Black And White

“But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” Hebrews 5:14

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My commissioning ceremony before heading to Guatemala.

I was raised in a strict Irish Catholic family where everything was very black and white.  We said the Rosary, prayed Novenas, visited apparition sites, and tried our best to follow the Ten Commandments to the letter.  It was very comforting to have the boundaries so clearly defined.  It created a solid and wonderful foundation to build upon.

Ironically enough, becoming a missioner with Franciscan Mission Service (FMS) shook that foundation a bit.  Before heading overseas, Sr. Barbara Fried and Fr. Anselm Moons presented session after session on peace and justice, moral theology, and cross-cultural realities: complicated issues that have no black and white.  Day after day, I found myself catapulted into the gray.

To read more of my post, visit Franciscan Mission Service (FMS) at 
While visiting FMS’ website, check out the rest of their wonderful 40 Day Lenten Blog Series entitled “Letting Go.”

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