THE MERCY OF GOD AND “LAUDATO SI” IN POPE FRANCIS AND ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI (Part I) - Monthly Spiritual Message July 2020
The Earth was created to support life and give praise to God, but it is crying out with pain because human activity is destroying it. These are strong words to begin our reflection, but it is the reason that Pope Francis wrote his Encyclical Letter “Laudato Si” - On the care of our common ..
This year became for us the year of “Spiritual Communion” because the Lockdown closed all the churches just before Easter. The laity could not “celebrate Mass” (applewebdata://118FD285-1068-4C2E-AABF-B5206AA36FFE#_ftn1) or receive Holy Communion! Usually, we go to Mass to hear the Word of God ..
In Israelite usage, the term “Judean and Greek” form a division of the house of Israel. Other similar terms favoured in the New Testament are “Hebrew and Hellenist”. “Hebrew” referred to fervent observers of Israelite traditions, with great respect for Israel’s ancestral patriarchs. “He ..
When we read the word “Jew” in the Old or the New Testament, we naturally identify the person as being like a present-day Jew. For example, in the Book of Esther, Mordecai, is described as a Jew living at Susa (Esther 11:2 1a; 2:5). In John’s Gospel 11:45, many of the Jews believed in Jesus. The ..
Louis and Zelie Martin each felt a call to consecrated religious life during their youth, however they found themselves wholeheartedly entering into the marriage vocation. Their zeal for consecrated life however never left them, and this desire to unite themselves more deeply with the life of th ..
A Seraphic Angel appears in the form of the Crucified Christ and gives St Francis the stigmata - Monthly Spiritual Message March 2020
Two years before his death in 1226, St Francis went to the beautiful mountain of La Verna, and there he lived on the mountain with a few of the brothers spending his time in prayer. As he entered deeper into prayer and became lost in the love of God, to the things of this world, he wa ..
There are certain basic elements or components of growth that have to work in harmony if there is to be development. Many of these elements are pairs of opposites that are all in themselves positive. Here is a sample of four pairs of positive opposites: formal - informal permanent - ..
“Francis Teach us to Understand.” From the moment of his mystical experience of the crucified Christ (applewebdata://7A16203C-C9C2-4ADD-84AA-A0927CC2C257#_ftn1)until his stigmata on La Verna and even to his transitus from this world, Saint Francis’ inner vision and personal relationsh ..
The prayer of adoration that Saint Francis taught the friars at Rivo Torto flows out of a profound mystical experience of Christ Crucified that only Saint Bonaventure, (applewebdata://535A8D2A-A911-4100-9066-FE0D2A2E48D1#_ftn1) of all the sources, tells us happened to Saint Francis. It was ju ..
Thomas of Celanotells us that coming back from Rome, where they had received verbal permission from Pope Innocent III to live their way of life, Saint Francis and his twelve companions (applewebdata://A483F3CE-7BEB-4744-B4DD-10776A5AD568#_ftn1)found an abandoned hut near Rivo Torto and began ..
In Part One, last month, I quoted Pope Paul VI’s Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii nuntiandi n.72, and drew out three priorities of the laity, and specifically of the Secular Franciscans, in the world. “Hence the active presence of the laity in the temporal realities takes on all its importance” ..
Jesus says in the Gospel according to Matthew: "Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations" (Mt 28:18). The gospel calls every person who believes in Jesus Christ to spread the Good News. Every Christian is a missionary by vocation. In 1975, Pope Paul VI wrote a ground-breaking Apostol ..
- THE FRANCISCAN MISSIONARY OPTION - Monthly Spiritual Message July 2021
- FAMILY – THE FIRST PLACE OF MISSION - Monthly Spiritual Message June 2021
- FRATERNAL DIALOGUE - Monthly Spiritual Message May 2021
- “THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL FRANCIS TO FRANCIS” PART 3 - Monthly Spiritual Message April 2021
- “THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL FRANCIS TO FRANCIS” PART 2 - Monthly Spiritual Message March 2021