Today’s feast is, in a special way, dedicated to those men and women in the Church who have professed the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience.
I would like to honor on this day a community of men who, in nomenclature and in truth, give hope to our world: The Brotherhood of Hope.
If you know nothing of them, you must change that at once: www.brotherhoodofhope.org
If you know them, you can now relax that smile that is exhausting the 43 muscles in your face.
I will not attempt to do any justice to their life and charism, their mission and history. I simply wish to say that this — never in my life have I encountered a religious community that contained men of such high caliber. They are thoroughly real flesh and blood men, overflowing with gifts and talents, who love Jesus in a most manly way; who love others in a most remarkably Jesus way; who pray like the ancients but are savvy to all things contemporary; who live their fraternity in a way that raises up the dignity of family life; who honor women in a way few men bother to any more; who manifest the truth that true diversity deepens unity and that true unity is the most effective means of evangelization.
And the litany goes on.
I have known them since 1994, lived with them part time while I was completing my graduate studies, and can say what I know is not easy to affirm about many of the people I have known in my life: the more I come to know them the greater my admiration has grown.
Pray for them, support them, and if you happen to see one today, thank him for being what he is all about: God first, God alone.