In the last days of Saint Francis’ life, the arrival of Lady Jacoba dei Settesoli, from Rome was anything but quiet. She arrived at the Portiuncula Friary, “with a very large retinue as befitted such a great lady … there was a very great clamour outside the door, caused by the horses and ..
I am quite well aware that there are some of our Secular Franciscans, who will say that this is not a Spiritual Message and not the place to deal with such matters, but to separate morality from spirituality is to live in a fantasy world. We are asked to live in the real world and are called to ..
Thomas of Celano tells us in his Treatise on the Miracles the same story as we have heard before, but with his usual flare he gives Lady Jacoba and her son all the respect of their nobility. But he also gives us something new in Number 39 that we certainly do not find in the previous document ..
Saint Francis would move from San Damiano to the Episcopal Palace of his friend and spiritual father, Bishop Guido of Assisi. While he is there, both the Bishop and the Mayor of Assisi realise that Saint Francis had only months to live. The situation became charged with emotion; everyone began t ..
In September of 1224, Saint Francis spent a forty-day fast on Mount La Verna with Br Leo. He was honouring the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Michael the Archangel. There on the mountain of La Verna we are told that he was meditating on the passion of the Lord and this meditation was enhanced ..
Tradition holds that during Saint Dominic’s second visit to Rome, in 1216, he met Francis of Assisi in one of the churches there. Both were negotiating with the Holy See through their mutual patron, Cardinal Hugolino, later Pope Gregory IX, to obtain papal confirmation of their respective orders ..
O God, who have given to the Church and to the world St Maximilian Mary Kolbe, priest and martyr, burning with love for the Immaculate Virgin, totally dedicated to the missionary apostolate and to the heroic service of his neighbour, grant that we, also, to the glory of your name, ..
Third letter of St Clare of Assisi Place your mind in the mirror of eternity; Place your soul in the splendour of glory; Place your heart in the figure of the divine substance; And, through contemplation, transform your entire being into the image of the Divine One himself, So that you, ..
Prayer of the Pilgrims at Padua O dear Saint Anthony, look upon me here before your relic/image. I have come to pray to you driven by my own need and trusting in your renowned bountiful generosity. I ask you to present my requests before God, to speak in my name to the Father ..
“This is a story of divine irony. A story of tragedy so enormous as to be incomprehensible. It leaves you standing silent, weeping with an aching sadness for the not to be forgotten millions, who suffered so much. It is a story. Nevertheless, that leaves us somewhat shocked at the workings of Di ..
Rosary of the Seven Joys of the Blessed Virgin The Franciscan Crown, also called the Rosary of the Seven Joys of the Blessed Virgin, dates back to the fyear 1422. The story is told of a pious young man who had been admitted to the Franciscan Order in that year. Prior to his joining the Orde ..
The Canons of the Fourth Lateran Council give us a particular window on the world of Lady Jacoba. The Eucharist becomes a focus of attention again Canon 19:“We do not wish to leave uncorrected the practice of certain clerics who convert the churches into storehouses for their own household goods ..
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