Franciscan Family Model - Monthly Spiritual Message August 2017

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

“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 ..

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Lady Jacoba dei Settesoli (Part 16) - Monthly Spiritual Message July 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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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Wednesday, May 31, 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 ..

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Lady Jacoba dei Settesoli (Part 15) - Monthly Spiritual Message May 2017

Monday, May 01, 2017

We are already aware that Lady Jacoba had two sons Giacomo[1] (#_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.[2] (#_ftn2) Lady Jaco ..

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Lady Jacoba dei Settesoli (Part 14) - Monthly Spiritual Message APRIL 2017

Friday, March 31, 2017

It was only six months after the death of the Saint Francis that Cardinal Hugolino,[1] 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[1] in Assisi. Brother Elias, ..

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Lady Jacoba dei Settesoli (Part 13) - Monthly Spiritual Message MARCH 2017

Thursday, March 02, 2017

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  ..

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The Royal Commission - Monthly Spiritual Message FEBRUARY 2017

Sunday, February 12, 2017

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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Lady Jacoba dei Settesoli (Part 12) - Monthly Spiritual Message DECEMBER 2016

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Thomas of Celano tells us in his Treatise on the Miracles[1] 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 ..

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Lady Jacoba dei Settesoli (Part 11) - Monthly Spiritual Message NOVEMBER 2016

Monday, September 05, 2016

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 ..

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Lady Jacoba dei Settesoli (Part 10) - Monthly Spiritual Message OCTOBER 2016

Sunday, September 04, 2016

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.[1] 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  ..

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Lady Jacoba dei Settesoli (Part 9) - Monthly Spiritual Message SEPTEMBER 2016

Thursday, September 01, 2016

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 ..

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Lady Jacoba dei Settesoli (Part 8) - Monthly Spiritual Message AUGUST 2016

Monday, August 08, 2016

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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