V. Rev. James J. Greenfield, OSFS

V. Rev. James J. Greenfield, OSFSBirthday: November 12
First Profession: August 14, 1982 Final Profession: September 24, 1988 Ordination: June 2, 1990 Email: jgreenfield@oblates.org
Ministries:  Vocation Director; Chaplain, George Washington University; Director of Postulants; Assistant Provincial; Provincial.

Present Ministry:                                                                                                         Provincial Pope Francis has called for a jubilee Year of Mercy. How do you experience the mercy of God in your life? I have always loved the line in Matthew’s Gospel – “It is mercy I desire, not sacrifice.”  Some translate mercy here as compassion but I think it is important to remember that it is more like clemency or leniency!  I experience mercy as Grace! With many experience of violence in the world and in our country, what is one way that you see Salesian gentleness as a healing agent? Gentleness is one of the twin virtues for Francis de Sales – the othe virtue is humility.  Gentleness flows from humillity in that I treat others as I want to be treated – flowing from the fact that we are all adopted by God! What is the most recent book you read? Who was the author, and what did you think of it? The Great War of Our TimeAn insider’s account of the CIA’s Fight Against Al Qaida by Michael Morell.  Mr. Morell was former #2 at CIA and I met him at Georgetown Visitation when he spoke at the Father-Daughter Communion Breakfast.  The book is quite good and I enjoy reading the works of authors I have met.  Bottom line – the book is SOBERING about terrorism! What is the most challenging dimension of Salesian Spirituality for you? Humility!  I take myself too seriously and at 53 I still have not learned to do simple things like “stop comparing”! If you were pope, what would be one decision you would make to impact church in a life-giving way? I have a hard time even imaging this scenario – but I would get up every day and ask two questions”  “What would Jesus do?” and “What would Pope Francis do?” What gives you joy as an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales? Sharing the joy-filled spirit of St. Francis de Sales through preaching and writing! If someone were to write a biography of your life, what title would you give it? “Mensch Wanna-Be!” Which person taught you a lesson that is especially valuable to you? What was the lesson? My dad has been teaching me some really wonderful lessons lately – he was stationed in Germany during the Korean War and he would send Hummel figurines back home to his family – NOW he is slowly giving them to me (and I presume to other family members).  It reminds me that it is always good to share and let go – and now I hope at some point to give those same figurines to someone when and if I get to be 85 like he is!

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