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:: Fr. Dan Riley, O.F.M.
Class of 1964
ossibly we were together
at Alumni Reunion or
Homecoming on campus.
Was it a beautiful Bona wed-
ding, or what was it that
brought us together once
again as friends? We so enjoy
taking time with one another.
At our best, we truly love life as
Bonnies, don't we? And I know
and believe we want to share
the best of life with others.
Living this Bonaventure jour-
ney for some time now, I would
say that a lot of what it means
to be a Bonnie is to enjoy life to
its last drop and want to offer
the cup of joy to others.
Consider your own life for a
moment. You may be reading
this at your desk or your fa-
vorite chair on a deck, on a
Profiles in Ministry
Director of campus ministries. Minister in residence. Founder of Mt. Irenaeus. In his many roles
over the years, Fr. Dan Riley has touched the lives of thousands of St. Bonaventure students on
their educational and faith journeys. As National Alumni Chaplain, Fr. Dan offers this special
reflection (below) and prayer to you, the alumni and friends of St. Bonaventure University.
plane or a train. Wherever you and I are,
we are always interested in the lives of
those we grew up with at St. Bonaventure
University and how others are living their
lives today. On the preceeding pages, you
and I had a chance to enter into the life of
a few other Bonnies.
Pause for another moment now. You
might even choose to put this journal
down and rest and breathe and feel for a
moment how good life is. As the late Fr.
Dan Hurley would say, "Life is good." It is
the good life that we have and we can
share with others.
Compassion and being attentive are
two of the themes common to all great
and ancient world religions of which I am
aware. People everywhere and for all time
have had a "way," a practice for these.
We see the world, life as it is, and feel
the need and desire to respond to others'
lives -- to reach from our chair, our home
-- and in some way reach them and share
the joy of living, offer them what they
need to live joyfully.
As we grow we also discover what
Thomas Merton calls "our original unity, we
are already one!" He learned something
about that at Bona's, as have we. And so
we enter into our lives in other places, tast-
ing and seeing, looking for and wanting to
help others be whole, be holy and be one.
Let this little reflection lift your heart right
now to attentiveness and compassion. Let
us pray for a moment along with others
who have found their way to serve others.
Francis of Assisi loved us to love others,
and led us to the Gospel that tells us that
after Jesus washed our feet he said, "You
call me teacher -- for indeed I am -- if I
have washed your feet, you ought to wash
each other's feet." Somehow, we learned
this as Bonnies. Somehow, we want to let
the world know.