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CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF THE RULE OF THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER (Part 13) - Monthly Spiritual Message March 2019

Monday, March 11, 2019

Be Instruments of Peace Ritual Ch. 3 From ancient times, the Church has taught that if you wish to attain peace and indeed become an instrument of peace, then you must begin to master the virtues that are contrary to, and a medicine against, the Seven Deadly Sins. The first list of te ..

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CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF THE RULE OF THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER (Part 12) - Monthly Spiritual Message February 2019

Thursday, February 07, 2019

“…may we give witness to the gospel,” Ritual Ch. 3. (continued…) Have you ever thought about just what giving witness to the gospel” means as a way of life? How would you explain “living the gospel” to someone else in simple terms? The friars themselves did not find ..

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CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF THE RULE OF THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER (Part 11) - Monthly Spiritual Message January 2019

Monday, January 28, 2019

1. Together 2. as the Family of Francis, 3. may we give witness to the gospel, 4. be instruments of peace, 5. and build a more fraternal and evangelical world. Ritual Ch. 3. Dear Brothers and Sisters, As you are well aware the new Rule was published in 1978.[1] (applewebdata:// ..

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CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF THE RULE OF THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER (Part 10) - Monthly Spiritual Message November 2018

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Christmas Dear Brothers and Sisters, May the Divine Infant of Bethlehem bless you and your loved ones this Christmas. May Our Blessed Mother and St Joseph keep you under their protection in this coming year. On behalf of Fr John Cooper, myself and all the Spiritual Assistants ..

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CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF THE RULE OF THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER (Part 9) - Monthly Spiritual Message November 2018

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Charity and Holiness As the Father sees in every person the features of his Son, the firstborn of many brothers and sisters, so the Secular Franciscans with a gentle and courteous spirit accept all people as a gift of the Lord and an image of Christ.[1] (applewebdata://AD63E9E6- ..

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CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF THE RULE OF THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER (Part 8) - Monthly Spiritual Message October 2018

Monday, November 12, 2018

TO BE IN A STATE OF GRACE St Francis’ Letter to the Faithful, added to the Rule of the Secular Franciscans by Saint Pope Paul VI[1] (applewebdata://AC059E75-E65F-4825-A729-803A4548571E#_ftn1) touches on two points: the life of a person who does “penance” (i.e., a person turned towards ..

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CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF THE RULE OF THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER (Part 7) - Monthly Spiritual Message September 2018

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Freedom to Love Witnessing to the good yet to and obliged to acquire purity of heart because of the vocation, they have embraced, the Seculars should set themselves free to love God and their brothers and sisters.[1] (applewebdata://257207CD-A5E9-4B4A-8A08-62A8E40DF9EE#_ftn1) ..

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CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF THE RULE OF THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER (Part 6) - Monthly Spiritual Message August 2018

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Charity and Holiness There is a saying of Jesus that is not in the Gospels, but it is in the New Testament. It comes to us from St Paul and is found in Acts 20:35. “In all things, I have shown you that by so toiling one must help the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Je ..

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CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF THE RULE OF THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER (Part 5) - Monthly Spiritual Message July 2018

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Fraternity and Joy Totally committed, by a perpetual promise, to love God and to live in fraternity, the Secular Franciscan fulfills the two Commandments of God: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind”; and, “Love ..

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CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF THE RULE OF THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER (Part 4) - Monthly Spiritual Message June 2018

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Permanent Commitment In Chapter Three of the Ritual of the Secular Franciscan Order, we find the “Rite of Profession or Permanent Commitment to the Gospel Life.” These are the words by which a Candidate for Profession makes his or her lifelong commitment to God and the Fraternity. The words ..

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CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF THE RULE OF THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER (Part 3) - Monthly Spiritual Message May 2018

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Focusing again on the word “dialogue” let us look at number 19 of the Rule: Mindful that they are bearers of peace which must be built up unceasingly, they should seek out ways of unity and fraternal harmony through dialogue, trusting in the presence of the divine seed[1] (applew ..

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CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF THE RULE OF THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER (Part 2) - Monthly Spiritual Message April 2018

Saturday, April 07, 2018

In his very first encyclical, “Saint” Pope Paul VI[1] (applewebdata://6351450F-1FC1-4299-A007-D8A6248B5201#_ftn1) proposed that DIALOGUE was a recognised method of the Church’s apostolate in the modern world. In this, he laid down the rules of dialogue necessary for the Mission of the Church. He ..

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