Mr. Christopher M. Allen, OSFS
August 1, 2015
Seminary Student – Catholic University of America
Pope Francis has called for a jubilee Year of Mercy. How do you experience the mercy of God in your life?
By our human nature we all make mistakes. God’s mercy helps us get up from those mistakes and keep on living life.
With many experiences of violence in the world and in our country, what is one way that you see Salesian gentleness as a healing agent?
Salesian gentlemess I find is often unexpected. A person verbally attacks you and you respond gently – it catches people off guard in a good way.
What is the most recent book you read? Who was the author, and what did you think of it?
The Shack by William P. Young. I thought it was a very interesting interpretation of evil and why it happens in our society.
What is the most challenging dimension of Salesian Spirituality for you?
Salesian optimisn is most challenging for me. In a world where so much violence and hatred exist, it is easy to get caught up in it and it is not always easy to remain optimistic.
If you were pope, what would be one decision you would make to impact church in a life-giving way?
I would make the decision to encourage all people to be more active in the chiurch – as Extraordinary Ministers, Altar Servers, Pastoral Associates, etc.
What gives you joy as an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales?
There are three areas which give me joy: joy in my community of Oblate brothers, joy in prayer, joy in ministry.
If someone were to write a biography of your life, what title would you give it?
Walking Humbly With God.
Which person taught you a lesson that is especially valuable to you? What was the lesson?
Sr. Helen Prejan, author of “Dead Man Walking” taught me the power of forgiveness.