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Avey
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I don't know if anyone would be interested but this guy's blog and videos really interested me and I'm agnostic.

All about a Franciscan Friar in formation

https://breakinginthehabit.org

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Pangolin Guerre
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Haven't had the time. I watched bits of a couple videos. Looks promising. Will report back.
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Pangolin Guerre
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So, last night I watched five or so of Br Casey's videos, the shorter ones. I'll watch the longer and more serious ones today and tomorrow. On first blush, I was rather impressed, in that he had a very approachable manner, and was amusing without trivialising his topic. I appreciated his discussion of youth preparing for vocation, telling them to go out and have a 'normal' life first (live on your own, go out and date), and then decide. Solid, earthy advice. Not that I've known more than a couple, but as I was watching, he struck me as rather, well, Franciscan. I think that the Franciscans have found their posterboy. I assume that he is doing these videos with the knowledge and approval of his superiors.
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Avey
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In what way did you think the presenter was specifically "Franciscan"? I don't know an awful lot about the order and have never met an actual Franciscan in person but I learned from the videos that they are concerned with social justice and ministering to the poor and disadvantaged.

Do the members of the order have a particular style in engaging with people in general?

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Pangolin Guerre
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Oh.... I'm going to get caned for this.

No order has a monopoly on concerns for social justice, ministering to the disadvantaged, etc. I suppose that it comes down to questions of emphasis rather than specific nature of activity: Jesuits on education and mission, Dominicans on doctrine, Basilians on education, Franciscans on the disadvantaged and pets (that was a joke!), etc. In my (and note the qualifiers!) personal, anecdotal, and statistically invalid experience, the Jesuits I have known were very good scholars, nice guys, a bit distant (as am I, so no criticism), the Dominican (one and only one) was a bit stiff, but I knew him only pretty superficially, and the couple Franciscans were nice, relaxed, one was a bit hippy-skippy, the other more mainstream and serious but with a very sly sense of humour. It should be noted, as well, that these acquaintances were all in the context of academia, which further distorts the sample. Of course, I could be talking about a selection of atheist electricians, carpenters, and plumbers, for the worth of what I've said.

Anyway, having now invited myself to Hell, I suspect, I'll close by saying that Br Casey seemed like the two Franciscans I knew (not very well).

[ 08. January 2017, 17:40: Message edited by: Pangolin Guerre ]

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