May 19, 2020
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David Seitz

DAVID SEITZ, OFS, professed into the Secular Franciscan Order on the feast of St. Dominic, August 8, 2002. He has served the order at all levels as a local fraternity minister and director of formation, Divine Mercy regional minister and as a member of the national JPIC commission where he represents the Secular Franciscans on the board of directors, Franciscan Action Network.

He has led several OFS fraternities through pre-profession retreats focused on the “Nature of Profession” and Franciscan Spirituality. He has published several reflections relating the Rule of Life and the Gospel message to themes of social justice.

He has developed and presented a variety of talks on the Catholic faith. David has been featured in the Michigan Catholic News, Catholic Journal U.S. appeared as a guest on CTND’s (Catholic Television Network of Detroit) Dialogue with Cardinal Maida and has been a guest speaker for a variety of organizations and retreats including the Legion of Mary, Genesis Young Adult Program, Bukas-Loob-Sa-Diyos Covenant Community, St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, and several parish presentations. He has been a keynote speaker at several diocesan wide conferences in Gaylord, and for the statewide convention of the Council of Catholic Women. He has developed and taught scripture courses for St. Francis Parish’s, Ann Arbor, School of Discipleship.

David has studied in the M.A. theology program at Sacred Heart Major Seminary with a concentration on Sacred Scripture.

If You Love Me

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (Jn 14:15)   Jesus has drawn a line in the sand. You will show your love for Him by keeping his commandments. Since Jesus is both fully human and fully divine, that means that to show our love...

Thoughts on Penance

Penance is witnessing the incivility and hatred in our “civil” society. The language of intolerance on both sides of the political spectrum towards the other. Penance is witnessing the death of civil discourse and the exchange of ideas and...

COVID-19: God’s Invitation

As we all watch our normal world massively slow down it dawned on me. This is happening during Lent. Coincidence? I think not. God is calling us all to slow down and reflect. The cancellations of meetings, sporting events, public gatherings...

What Can Bed, Bath, and Beyond Teach Us About Lent?

In the February 19 edition of the Wall Street Journal is an article entitled “Bed Bath Boss Seeks to Cut The Clutter.” I found that an interesting title, since Lent is about reducing some of the clutter in our physical and spiritual life. CEO, Mark...

Who Decides What is Good and Evil?

For the first Sunday of Lent, our first reading comes to us from Genesis Chapter 3. After God created Adam and Eve, He tells them that all of creation is theirs to enjoy except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. We know the story...

Will You See the Image of God?

God is merciful! Deuteronomy chapter 30 sets the tone. Moses addressed the people: “If only you would heed the voice of the LORD, your God and keep his commandments and statutes.” He continues a few verses later saying that the commandments of God...

God Meets Us Where We Are

“Hear my voice, O God, as I complain.”   Psalm 64 has one of my favorite opening lines. The Holy Spirit inspired the Psalmist to give us words that tell us it is alright to complain to God, to be angry with him at times. Psalm 44 also reads, at...

Gospel Endurance

My parents live in the Diocese of Gaylord, Michigan. It is a sparsely populated diocese and they have many priests from foreign countries. Their parish priest is from Zimbabwe. Recently, he took a trip back home and shared with the parish that when...