Friends, please remember Fr Jim Czerwinski, OFM in your prayers, a friar who passed yesterday unexpectedly in Boston. He was found in his bed in the morning at St Anthony Shrine in Boston. It was a surprise to all. He was a good friend to many and he really gave himself to those who are at the margins of society. I met him when he arrived in Boston a few years ago, through a men's faith sharing group at St Anthony's. He helped me a lot in a time of need, and he was a big supporter of my vocation, of my mission to Ecuador and this blog (and the book that came from it). He was a constant confessor and spiritual director at the Shrine, and a man of the people, someone who was always out and about with the people who frequented the Shrine. He was particularly mindful of the poor and people going through tough times, and always generous with his time and attention. We shared a lot of meals and chats together (we saw eye to eye on a lot of things), and made a few short road trips. I remember when I left for Ecuador for the year in 2013, he gave me a bit of cash and also a suitcase that was just what I needed, and that I still use. I will miss him a lot and there will be a hole in my life. A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter: he that has found one has found a treasure. There is nothing so precious as a faithful friend, and no scales can measure his excellence. (Sir 6) May he rest in God's peace and always be remembered.