CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF THE RULE OF THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER - Monthly Spiritual Message March 2018
Forty years ago, (applewebdata://2DC7C7D9-6B82-4D32-8493-188AC8E716AF#_ftn1) Blessed Pope Paul VI (Sixth), soon to be canonized,  (applewebdata://2DC7C7D9-6B82-4D32-8493-188AC8E716AF#_ftn2) approved the new Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order and with it gave a new name to the Third ..
The main argument against St Francis being born in a stable is called by some, “The Stable Fable.” They argue that in 1385, Br Bartholomew of Pisa began writing a book about the coincidences between the life of Christ and the life of St Francis. The Book of Conformities sometimes even ..
WILL WE BE READY TO CELEBRATE THE 800TH CENTENARY OF THE RULE OF THE BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF PENANCE? - Monthly Spiritual Message November 2017
In just four years’ time, 2021, the Church will celebrate the 800th Centenary of the Rule of the Brothers and Sisters of Penance, Memoriale propositi, promulgated in 1221. It was the first rule adopted by the Brothers and Sisters of Penance of Assisi. The Rule of the friars, although ..
What does Project Adoption Do? Project Adoption assists low-income families who appeal to the Franciscan Family Apostolate run by the Director, Fr Jose Manjaly of the Diocese of Irinjalakuda in the State of Kerala in India. The FFA is part of the Diocesan Social Action Forum Incorporat ..
Alan J. Ouimet, O.F.S. was the founding president in the USA of the Franciscan Family Apostolate. Their Web Page is to be found at www.franciscanfamilyapostolate.org (http://www.franciscanfamilyapostolate.org) There you will find the following outline of the life of this extraordinary Secular Fr ..
“How Should an Order like the OFS be managed at all levels?” When Saint Francis recognised that, among the friars there was a problem in exercising authority in the Order, he turned towards the model of a family rather than to the power of hierarchy. Yes, the Order would have to abide by ..
On her way to live in Assisi we are told that Lady Jacoba visited the friary at Greccio where Saint Francis made the first Christmas Crib. It is said that she gave the friars there the picture of the weeping Saint Francis she had paid an artist to paint for her while Saint Francis was either in ..
SAINT FRANCIS, ICON OF JUSTICE, PEACE AND THE INTEGRITY OF CREATION - Monthly Spiritual Message JUNE 2017
The Fifth International Congress of Asia and Oceania: Justice Peace and the Integrity of Creation. THE PROMOTION OF SAINT FRANCIS IS VITAL FOR OUR TIMES SAINT FRANCIS, ICON OF JUSTICE, PEACE AND THE INTEGRITY OF CREATION Let us be clear right from the start: One cannot promo ..
We are already aware that Lady Jacoba had two sons Giacomo (#_ftn1) (James) and Giovanni (John). Thomas of Celano, writing The Treatise on the Miracles of Saint Francis between 1250-1252 mentions only Giovanni as swearing that he saw the sacred stigmata of Saint Francis. (#_ftn2) Lady Jaco ..
It was only six months after the death of the Saint Francis that Cardinal Hugolino, his friend, was elected Pope on the 19th of March 1227 and took the name Pope Gregory IX. The body of Saint Francis’ had been temporarily laid to rest in the Church of Saint George in Assisi. Brother Elias, ..
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 ..
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