Day of Recollection with Fr. Murray Bodo--April 24, 2004
of the Franciscan Alumni Association were invited by Father Gil Wohler, FAA liaison with the Province of St. John the Baptist and
pastor of St. Francis Seraph Parish, to attend a day of prayer at St. Francis Seraph Church on Saturday, April 24, 2004. Father Murray
Bodo, OFM, was the speaker/discussion leader for the day.
Father Murray is a widely
known writer, teacher, speaker, and authority on Saint Francis, who taught most
recently at St. Bonaventure University. He has taught at several schools over
the years, including Thomas More College and Saint Francis Seminary. He is frequently involved with the “Assisi Pilgrimage Program.” When in town (Cincinnati), Father Murray lives at the friary on Pleasant
Street, just a couple blocks from St. Francis Seraph Church.
During the morning and afternoon sessions, Father Murray shared insights about St. Francis, Bro. Juniper,
and St. Clare. He
recounted fascinating experiences from the time he spent with the great Buddhist
Dali Lama and the famous psychologist Dr. Meninger. He told us about his
"perfect day in France." He also inspired us with quotes and stories
from people who have made a difference in the world, like Nelson Mandella, who
said, "Our greatest fear is not that we're inadequate; it's that we're
powerful beyond measure. We fear light, not darkness." In other words, we
have great potential and fear of failure. Murray emphasized that we should not
forget how to play -- for simple enjoyment, as we did when we were children. We
should also feel good about ourselves, good enough to be able to "look at a
full-length mirror and say, 'God likes you,' and 'I like you.'"
At the conclusion of the day of recollection, Father Murray signed copies
of his books with personal inscriptions for many attendees who were interested.
the alumni board surprised Murray by giving him the association's
Christian Life Award (an engraved plaque) and an official FAA shirt. Board president Pat Daly
presented the award in the beautiful inner courtyard of St. Francis Seraph