Last month, Conventual Franciscan Friar Tom Smith welcomed 45 priests to the Holy Cross Retreat Center in Mesilla Park, New Mexico for the annual Presbyteral Assembly (March 23-25, 2015) run by the Diocese of Las Cruces. Friar Tom is the center’s retreat director.
In their time together the gathered priests prayed and talked about various challenges. They also had time to bond in the beautiful gardens and pecan groves in which Holy Cross is located. Several speakers addressed the group too. One of these was Friar Tom who talked about “peace and justice”.
Friar Tom has a deep understanding of peace and justice because of St. Francis of Assisi, the founder of his Order. Francis embraced society’s outcasts, treated everyone he met with dignity and instead of going into battle sat down with the Sultan of Egypt for a conversation on faith. His approach is much needed in the complicated world of today.
(Source of image: http://www.holycrossretreat.org/.)