Raleigh Parish Celebrates 25th Revival

Donna Smith Around the Province

RALEIGH, N.C. — The St. Francis of Assisi Church welcomed Joe Nangle to its 25thanniversary parish revival last month.

The theme of the revival held Jan. 29 to 31 came from Micah 6:8. More than 2000 parishioners participated in one or more sessions, as Joe challenged them to “walk humbly, love tenderly and act justly.” He began the first day focused on “to walk humbly with your God.” His reflection evoked a contemplative posture in us: in how we see the world, others and ourselves as God sees us.

The second day focused on “loving tenderly.” Joe spoke about the various dimensions of loving tenderly: Are we moving along a continuum from selfishness to selflessness?  Is “the other” becoming ever more important to us?  Do we love the needy among us – the hungry, thirsty, strangers, naked, sick and imprisoned?

“Acting justly” was the theme of the third day, as Joe spoke about the difference between charity (love) and justice and how understanding the difference has enormous consequences on many levels of our lives.

Pastor Mark Reamer said: “It was a time of grace for us.”

Joe will return to St. Francis in May to reinforce his message of living as a Micah community.

—   Donna Smith is Liturgical Communications Specialist for St. Francis.