A bigger family

The other day I was playing soccer in our backyard with a group of boys. We were having a send-off party for a good friend, Father Timothy Walsh, who is heading on to a new assignment. I worked closely with him over the last year, and he has been a godsend of a mentor in more ways than one for this baby priest.

There were over a hundred people there in our backyard – quite the crowd! Read the rest of this entry »


I Will Send You…to a Shampoo Unknown

4:30am found me sprawled out on top of my suitcase, jiggling the zipper and coaxing it to close. Sigh. I’d have to leave the shampoo, body wash, and toothpaste. There simply wasn’t room.

Well, at least I wasn’t overly attached to my shampoo. I’d acquired that bottle of Mane n’ Tail from a similar situation a few weeks ago, when someone else left Greenville for their new apostolic assignment. Still…it was a nice bottle of shampoo. I don’t think my hair has ever been that soft and smooth. Oh well.

Finally getting the zipper all the way around, I was able to heave the suitcase upright. As I stepped back to size it up, the words from God spoke to Abraham popped into my mind: “Go, to a land I will show you”: to a land unknown.

No kidding. He is even sending me to a shampoo unknown. I guess when I get to Houston I’ll find out what extra bottle of shampoo and tube of toothpaste are in the closets there. Read the rest of this entry »


Reaching Santiago and So Much More!

The following is the last installment, written July 19, in the series from Fr. Edward Hopkins LC about walking “The Camino de Santiago” the pilgrimage through France and Spain to the tomb of St. James in Compostela in northwest Spain. All his blogs are on the Regnum Christi New York Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RegnumChristiNY.

Dear family and friends in Christ,

I am now in Rome preparing to start my month long spiritual exercises - not to preach but to do them myself... 30 days for the first time! Please keep me in your prayers this month, as I will you. Read the rest of this entry »


A picture of hope

Meriam Ibrahim met the Pope today. These courageous women escaped from Sudan. She had been tortured, beaten, sentenced to death, forced to deliver her baby while bound in chains on the floor of a cold jail cell, released, returned to present, sought asylum in the American Embassy in Sudan and finally was released for good. She is on her way to the United States to join her husband, an American citizen.

This faithful woman’s crime was being a Christian. And her treatment in Sudan is echoed around the world every day as Christians are persecuted and killed by the thousands each year. Perhaps we are on the road to a global religious war. But today, the sight of a woman and her baby meeting the Holy Father gives me hope.

 

 


Coming to the End of the Road

The following is another installment in the series from Fr. Edward Hopkins LC, who is walking “The Camino de Santiago” the pilgrimage through France and Spain to the tomb of St. James in Compostela in northwest Spain. You can follow his blogs on the Regnum Christi New York Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RegnumChristiNY.

Dear family and friends in Christ,

I could not believe it is the last day of our Camino! It is a bitter-sweet kind of thing. Part of me is glad to finish (you know which part that is!) and part of me wishes it would continue. I am really beginning to get into the rhythm of walking and praying... my neck and even my back are hardly bothering me... and we can all use these graces! Read the rest of this entry »


The Obstacles of Daily Life

The following is another installment in the series from Fr. Edward Hopkins LC, about walking “The Camino de Santiago” the pilgrimage through France and Spain to the tomb of St. James in Compostela in northwest Spain. You can follow his blogs on the Regnum Christi New York Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RegnumChristiNY.

Dear friends in Christ,

As in life, I am catching up on our adventure here in Spain. I have kept you all very much part of my steps. There is a tradition here where people leave small stones on top of the mile (kilometer) markers symbolizing the intentions that they carry with them. Well, I have you all in my intentions, my souls... in fact at times I even remember you by name as I stop to stoop down and gather more rocks or to place one on top of the markers. Read the rest of this entry »


The Spirit of Service and Welcome

The following is the third blog in the series from Fr. Edward Hopkins LC, who is walking “The Camino de Santiago” the pilgrimage through France and Spain to the tomb of St. James in Compostela in northwest Spain. You can follow his blogs on the Regnum Christi New York Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RegnumChristiNY.

Dear family and friends in Christ,

Today we leave from the city of "Caldas de Reis" and make our way 18.5 kilometers to Padron. We can use the shorter distance given that we are beginning to feel the effects more. Read the rest of this entry »


Meeting New Friends

The following is the second blog in the series from Fr. Edward Hopkins LC, who is walking “The Camino de Santiago” the pilgrimage through France and Spain to the tomb of St. James in Compostela in northwest Spain. You can follow his blogs on the Regnum Christi New York Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RegnumChristiNY.

Day 2 installment:

Dear friends in Christ,

Sorry, I have gotten behind with a couple really long days. But here is a long summary of our Camino:

We begin our day (2) by a gathering at the local parish church. We prayed together and began our meditation, each one of us walking in silence for at least 15 minutes, usually much more. We didn't come across too many other pilgrims initially except for a young man from Portugal – Andres -- and a younger girl – Elena, in her mid-20s from Italy. They had met in Porto, Portugal, at the start of their journey and agreed to accompany each other. Both of them walked with us most of the day. Read the rest of this entry »


The Way of St. James

The Way of St. James, more commonly called “The Camino”, is a series of pilgrimage routes throughout Europe culminating at the purported tomb of St. James in Compostela in northwest Spain. Although it is internationally well known, the pilgrimage was most recently popularized by the movie The Way, starring Martin Sheen and one of his sons, Emilio Estevez.

You can find out more information about the Camino on the Internet. Here are a few links:

http://www.santiago-compostela.net/

http://www.csj.org.uk/

Some of our own Legionary priests have taken, or are currently taking, this pilgrimage, including Fr. Jose Felix Ortega LC and Fr. Edward Hopkins LC. Fr. Edward has been sharing Read the rest of this entry »


Life is killing me

I know this will sound a bit morbid, but I have been thinking about death of late.

No, I have not had a discouraging trip to the doctor, nor am I steeped in a death-contemplating depression. Quite to the contrary, I have a wonderful family, fulfilling career, sufficient resources to meet my material needs and the fishing has been good this summer.

So…why do I think about earthly demise? Because it is such a natural part of life, and things have been happening around me. Read the rest of this entry »



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