Monday, July 31, 2006

Loaves, Fishes & Fr. Rick Thomas

In the spirit of Sunday's gospel, R.C. Mommy offers an inspiring anecdote from the life of another recently deceased New Orleans province Jesuit, Fr. Rick Thomas:

"In Christmas of 1972, the people who worked at the ranch, led by Fr. Rick Thomas, SJ (those darn Jesuits! ;) ) who ran the ranch, decided to offer a holiday meal for the people they worked with. They got enough food for about 160 people. When they announced they were going to have this dinner, over 300 people showed up. The workers were horrified. There was no way what they bought would feed everyone. There would be riots when they ran out of food, they feared . . . "

Check out the rest of her post here.

4 Comments:

Blogger Paula said...

wow! this really did happened!thank you for pointing to the story, Mark.

3:07 AM  
Blogger Br Lawrence, O.P. said...

Happy Feast of St Ignatius.

4:15 AM  
Blogger Amy L. Cavender, CSC said...

Happy Feast Day!!!

And thanks to you and all the other SJs out there who have enriched the lives of so many.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Neal Wilson said...

Now that Fr Rick Thomas SJ has been dead for a year or so, I hope that the American Jesuits are taking in interest in his life with a view to beatification! I spent 6 weeks with his lay community in 1990 and saw his human limitations. Against that background I would say that he was certainly a man who walked with God. Miracles would happen in the ministries that he directed (though I never heard of him directly performing a miracle). He had an outstanding commitment to evangelizing the poor. As a non-Jesuit from New Zealand, I saw him as true "Son of Ignatius".
So, come on, Mark. Get your confreres on the job.

10:19 PM  

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