Tuesday, July 28, 2009

New Websites for Father Thomas, SJ

I have written here and there in pieces about Father Rick Thomas, SJ, my primary reason for becoming a Jesuit, and the Lord's Ranch Catholic community in New Mexico.  These are some new websites that have been created about the various works that my family and the larger Catholic community does.  They are still rudimentary, but are a work in progress.  Like the Bishop of Las Cruces, New Mexico, I believe that Father Thomas is a saint and that the Church may indeed recognize him as such one day.  Here are the three sites:

There are two things that I would like to specifically highlight.  First, you'll notice on the Father Thomas site the following:

Father Rene Laurentin, a renowned theologian, wrote two books about Father Rick and the community entitled, “Miracles in El Paso?” (which is now out of print) and “Le Miracle Continue” (which was only published in French.) 

A new book, written by a Canadian journalist named Richard Dunstan, is scheduled for publication in July 2009 and is entitled, “The Bible on the Border: How Father Rick Thomas and his friends learned to serve the poor of Mexico by taking God at His Word”. Dunstan is currently working on a biography of Father Thomas. 

I've read the manuscript for "The Bible on the Border."  It is excellent, and a good overview of the work done by the community on the Lord's Ranch, in El Paso, and in Juarez, Mexico.   

You'll also notice on the Father Thomas site an old article that he wrote. He wrote very little for a Jesuit, but this was a very early piece discovered in which he presents a simple case for the meaning of the poor for the Church.  I suggest you read it in full.  His repetitive style, borrowed from Ignatius' Exercises, may disguise some his profundity.  

Nathan O'Halloran, SJ


Ellen said...

Whoa -- the pressure to produce! But Hogartys always work best under pressure, so thanks for the motivation.

Nathan O'Halloran, SJ said...

Take your time.