What a Wonderful World by Fr. Dan Lackie, OFM

Posted on 14. Jul, 2012 by in Articles

Fr. Christian at the parade.

Our Franciscan brother Fr. Christian Mondor turned 87 this year, and I can’t tell you the number of people who have said to me things like: “I want to have Fr. Christian’s energy when I’m his age” or “Fr. Christian has more energy than I do and I’m half his age!”  Little wonder that this year our energetic elder was chosen as Community Grand Marshall of the Huntington Beach Fourth of July Parade.  Along with his good friend, Chuck Linnen, a local surfing hero, and members of the Sts. Simon and Jude Youth Leadership, Fr. Christian, banjo in hand, spread joy and love from a spot atop the hay wagon as the parade rolled through the downtown streets of H.B.  What gives the man his energy and verve?  It may sound odd to venture a theological answer, but I believe there is one. Fr. Christian is devoted to the doctrine of the Trinity, which says that God is at heart self-giving relationship and is mirrored in family love at its best.  I’ve often heard him speak of the Trinity as he prepared talks and homilies.  He is passionate about a God who reaches out to us.  And it is easy to see that outreach, love, and self-giving in this great Franciscan friar, who, by the way, loves to sing the Louis Armstrong ballad, What A Wonderful World.  Fr. Dan Lackie, OFM

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