CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF THE RULE OF THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER (Part 6) - Monthly Spiritual Message August 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 ..
CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF THE RULE OF THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER (Part 5) - Monthly Spiritual Message July 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 ..
CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF THE RULE OF THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER (Part 4) - Monthly Spiritual Message June 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 ..
CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF THE RULE OF THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER (Part 3) - Monthly Spiritual Message May 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 (applew ..
CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF THE RULE OF THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER (Part 2) - Monthly Spiritual Message April 2018
In his very first encyclical, “Saint” Pope Paul VI (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 ..
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 ..
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