FROM THE WRITINGS ON ST. FRANCIS:
Blessed Francis also warned his brothers never to judge or criticize those who live in luxury, eat fastidiously, and indulge in superfluous and splendid clothes; God, he said, is their Lord and ours; he has the power to call them to himself and to justify them. He insisted that the friars should reverence such men as their brothers and masters, and they are indeed brothers since they are children of the same Creator; while they are our masters since they help the good to do penance by giving them what is necessary to the body. To this blessed Francis added; “The general behavior of the friars among people must be such that all who see or hear them may be drawn to glorify our heavenly Father and to praise him devoutly.” His great desire was that he and his brothers should abound in the good works for which men give glory and praise to God.
He also said to the brothers: “Since you speak of peace, all the more must you have it in your hearts. Let none be provoked to anger or scandal by you, but rather may they be drawn to peace and good will, to benignity and concord through your gentleness. We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way. Many who may seem to us to be children of the Devil will still become Christ’s disciples.”
Besides insisting on these things, the kind father reproved his brothers when they were too harsh on themselves, wearing out their strength in excessive vigils, fasts, and corporal penance. Some of them mortified their bodies so severely in order to repress all the natural human impulses that they appeared to be hating themselves. Francis being filled with the wisdom and grace of our Savior, reproached the brothers gently for all this and, using rational arguments, he forbade such excesses, binding up their wounds with the bandages of sane precepts and directions.
Legend of Three Companions—1246
“The general behavior of the friars among people must be such that all who see or hear them may be drawn to glorify our heavenly Father and to praise him devoutly.”
This message is one that we must all take to heart and reflect on in our daily lives. We have been drawn to this way of life by the will of God. He has planted this seed within our hearts and we must nurture that seed daily. People recognize us because of the way in which we live our lives and God Himself will reveal to them at the appropriate time in their lives the real purpose and meaning of our lifestyle. That is to bring glory and honor to our Heavenly Father. Think of the times someone has made a comment about your lifestyle such as: ‘I won’t tell you this joke because I know that it is not agreeable to you’, or ’I didn’t invite you because I know that many who are coming would offend you with their behavior’. Comments and actions made by people in your regard simply because they have recognized your lifestyle as honorable and respect or protect it. It is ‘holy joy’ to be singled our as a misfit in today’s society. It is a reflection of our love and honor to our loving Father in heaven. Praise God in His goodness!
Dear Brothers and Sisters of Penance,
As we look ahead to Lent we do well to reassess our habits and decide if we wish to surrender something in this Season of self discipline and self annihilation. Before Ash Wednesday let us all prepare for it through meditation and prayer as to God’s Holy will for our personal response as to how we will embrace with love the sufferings of Our Lord during His Passion. In the life of St. Francis perhaps nothing moved him so much as the passion and suffering of Christ. He always kept it before himself, and meditated on it, and made it a part of his life. God ultimately sealed his love for the passion and sufferings of His Son by giving him the wounds of Christ in his hands, feet and his side known as the stigmata.
Perhaps it is time to do something new. St. Francis always said we should be looking for new beginnings to better serve the Lord. It is a known Lenten tradition to “give up” or deny ourselves something during this time. The Rule itself calls us to observe Lent by fasting daily “from Carnival Sunday until Easter.”, that is, Lent. The Rule does not say how we are to fast. That we can each decide for ourselves.
Let us not forget that we may also “give” of ourselves in many ways also. Time given through love to help others is also denying yourself time for yourself. There is so much to do if we but look around. Our families need us. Is there something that we can do to help someone, to lessen their crosses or needs, that we have not done or to simply make their life easier?
Our parishes and communities are always looking for help. If fact, in a recent meeting we had with Fr. Corey Belden, our new Visitor in the Association, he said we should all make it part of our ministry to become active in some way in our parishes. That is good advice. There are so many needs in the parish. Many of us spend time in Eucharistic Adoration. Is there a time that your parish is looking for Adorers to sign up for? These are often undesirable times and could be a wonderful offering to keep vigil with our Lord.
Try making a list of things you could do. Here are a few thoughts.
- You could attend the Stations of the Cross in your parish or say them on your own daily.
- Attend the Triduum celebrations in your parish if at all possible.
- Make a good confession, and spend more time at prayer.
- Consider the corporal and spiritual works of mercy and seek out a way to live them more fully.
The Spiritual Works of Mercy are:
Instruct the ignorant
Advise the doubtful
Be patient with those in error or who do wrong
Comfort the afflicted
Pray for the living and the dead.
The Corporal Works of Mercy are:
Feed the hungry
Give drink to the thirsty
Clothe the naked
Shelter the homeless
Visit the sick and imprisoned
Ransom the captive
Bury the dead.
Have a great Lent! Yours in Christ!
Bruce and Shelley Fahey BSP
Mike Buchan SFO—Nebraska:
About Spiritual Direction
A Reflection for all from his lesson: with his permission.
I have had a new spiritual director for about four months now. Prior to my current spiritual director I have two others during a period of eight years. I am eager to receive spiritual direction to guide me closer to my Beloved and to help see and negotiate obstacles to union with my God.
I am eager to discern patterns of sin that have plagued me throughout my life, and to get at the root my sins so that with the help of my spiritual director and God's grace, patterns of sin in my life may be shattered and my Beloved and I may draw closer to union. That union which is always the prerogative of my Beloved but which will never happen while patterns of sin remain.
I can confide my innermost to another person. Trust must obtain between the other person and myself. Trust is not a feeling but an act of the will. The will to trust is nurtured and strengthened through
familiarity, mutuality, reciprocity and a relationship that is characterized by an I-Thou relationship.
To approach nearer to my Beloved I am willing to follow any direction except a direction to sin.
LESSON on the Rule:
Why is a spiritual director necessary to penitent? To strive toward a life of holiness according to The Rule is a grave undertaking fraught with many struggles, and because we/I am a sinner there are many snares and obstacles that can get me off that course that leads to sanctity. Evil lurks everywhere especially in the deep recesses of my heart. To undertake such a journey without a holy guide would be foolhardy to
say the least. A holy guide can help me see sin patterns and obstacles that I alone am unable to see. To think of Dante's Divine Comedy without the ever-presence of wise and holy guides is to rewrite Dante's
magnificent drama and make of it a tragedy. To journey to my Beloved without a holy guide would most likely become a tragedy.
It is an act of charity to visit an ill Brother or Sister or to send a written encouragement. During illnesses our bodies are weakened and so can our spirits be sapped. Weakness is an opportunity for evil to
work extra hard to turn our hearts away from God. Charity demands that we strengthen and refresh an ailing member and encourage them to stay the course of sanctity.
Surviving members should gather for the funeral of the deceased member. Within eight days of the demise of the member each member shall say for the soul of the deceased member: a Mass, if a priest, or fifty Psalms otherwise. If a member cannot read he may say fifty Our Fathers with the words "May the souls of the faithful departed through the Mercy of God rest in peace", following each Our Farther.
I think each of these are in the Rule so that deceased members will receive all the grace necessary to reach Home. It is for the surviving members so that they can live the virtue of charity, a virtue that we as penitents are called to personify.
Christ was love incarnate and all who are called to holiness and sanctity are to imitate Christ.
Thank you Michael for sharing your thoughts with all of us!
THE ADMONITIONS OF ST. FRANCIS
The Blessed Sacrament
Our Lord Jesus told his disciples, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me. If you had known me, you would also have known my Father. And henceforth you do know him, and you have seen him.” Philip said to him, Lord, show us the Father and it is enough for us. Jesus said to him, “Have I been so long a time with you, and you have not known me? Philip, he who sees me sees also the Father" (Jn 13:6-9).
Sacred Scripture tells us that the Father dwells in “light inaccessible” (1 Tim. 6:16) and that God is spirit (Jn 4:24), and St. John adds, “No one at any time has seen God” (Jn 1:18). Because God is a spirit he can be seen only in spirit; “It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh profits nothing” (Jn 6:64). But God the son is equal to the Father and so he too can be seen only in the same way as the Father and the Holy spirit. that is why all those were condemned who saw our Lord Jesus Christ in his humanity but did not see or believe in spirit in his divinity, that he was the true Son of God. In the same way now, all those are damned who see the sacrament of the Body of Christ which is consecrated on the altar in the form of bread and wine by the words of our Lord in the hands of the priest, and do not see or believe in spirit and in God that this is really the most holy Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is the Most High himself who has told us, “This is my Body and Blood of the new covenant” (Mk 14:22-24), and, “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has life everlasting.” (Jn 6:55)
And so it is really the Spirit of God who dwells in his faithful who receive the most holy Body and Blood of our Lord. Anyone who does not have this Spirit and presumes to receive him “eats and drinks judgement to himself” (1 Cor. 11: 29). And so we may ask in the words of Scripture, “Men of rank, how long will you be dull of heart? (Ps. 4:3) Why do you refuse to recognize the truth and “believe in the Son of God?” (Jn 9:35) Every day Jesus humbles himself as he did when he came from his “heavenly throne” (Wis. 18:15) into the Virgin’s womb; every day he comes to us and lets us see him in dejection; every day he descends from the bosom of the Father into the hands of the priest at the altar. He shows himself to us in this sacred bread just as he once appeared to his apostles in real flesh. With their own eyes they saw only his flesh, but they believed that he was God, because they contemplated him with the eyes of the spirit. We, too, with our own eyes, see only bread and wine, but we must see further and firmly believe that this is his most holy Body and Blood, living and true. In this way our Lord remains continually with his followers, as he promised, “Behold, I am with you all days, even unto the consummation of the world" (Mt. 28:20).
FRANCISCAN SAINTS: Franz Jagerstatter
An Austrian farmer, and a Catholic Martyr of the 20th Century
Franz Jägerstätter was born in 1907 in St. Radegund, a small Austrian village next to the German border. His father was killed in World War I, and Franz had a childhood in poverty and hunger. But, when he was 10 years old, his mother married, and the situation improved. Franz grew upwith enough food, and most of all, with newspapers and books to read. He became a fanatic reader. And at age 20, he became the first owner of a motor cycle in the village. He was a wild young man. His life began to change with marriage in 1937. His wife Franziska, pious and quiet, influenced him. He stopped going to taverns, got a job as a farmer, became a firm and active believer and began to receive Holy Communion daily, and serve as the sexton in the local church. At the same time, he practiced charity to the poor in the village, though he was only a little better than poor himself. He professed as a member of Franciscan Third Order. The period of self-discipline prepared him for much more demanding sacrifices.
When the Nazis troops marched into Austria in 1938, Jägerstätter had to decide whether to allow himself to be drafted by the German army and thus collaborate with Nazism. He consulted his Bishop and three spiritual advisors, and was told to join the German Army. Two seemingly good reasons were given to him, why he should not resist. First, he was told, he had to consider his family. The other argument was that he had a responsibility to obey legitimate authorities. But Franz’ conscience was not reassured. It was quite clear to him that any cooperation with the new rulers would be incompatible with his religious faith.
Franz requested to be allowed to serve in the medical corps, but the court did not respond. Then, Franz serenely decided that he could not allow himself to contribute to a regime that was immoral and anti-Catholic. Franziska supported his decision. Also, his parish priest and spiritual director, a first-world war hero who shared his views, advised him to refuse military service.
The cover of a book published by Pax Christi about Franz Jagerstatter's life
Franz not only did refuse collaboration with the evil intentions of the Nazis, he even rejected benefits from the regime in areas that had nothing to do with its racial hatreds or pagan warmongering. It must have hurt for a poor father of three to turn down the money to which he was entitled through a Nazi family assistance program. But that is what he did. And the farmer paid the price of discipleship when, after a storm destroyed crops, he would not take the emergency aid offered by the government. Jägerstätter convictions about the wickedness of the war did not but did not waver. It was one in which Christians should play no part. Without any moral or legal right, the Nazis were invading other countries.
Imprisoned in Linz and Berlin, Franz was convicted in a military trial and beheaded on August 9th, 1943. He was survived by his wife and three daughters, the eldest of whom was six. He also left behind a small and moving set of essays and letters from prison, filled with Franciscan spirit.
“We need no rifles or pistols for our battle, but instead, spiritual weapons--and the foremost among these is prayer.... Let us love our enemies, bless those who curse us, pray for those who persecute us. For love will conquer and will endure for all eternity. And happy are they who live and die in God's love.”
"Through His bitter suffering and death, Christ freed us only from eternal death, not from temporal suffering and mortal death. But Christ, too, demands a public confession of our faith, just as the Führer, Adolf Hitler does from his followers.... I am convinced that it is still best that I speak the truth, even if it costs me my life.... I cannot and may not take an oath in favor of a government that is fighting an unjust war.... I thank our dear Jesus, too, that I am privileged to suffer and even die for Him... The heart of Jesus, the heart of Mary, and my own heart are one, united for time and eternity. Mary with Child so dear, give us all your blessings."
A Father Jochmann was the prison chaplain in Berlin and spent some time with Jägerstätter in the day of his execution. He reported that the prisoner was calm and uncomplaining. He refused any religious material, even a New Testament, because, he said, "I am completely bound in inner union with the Lord, and any reading would only interrupt my communication with my God." Very few men could have made such a statement without seeming to be in denial or utterly mad. Father Jochmann later said of him: "I can say with certainty that this simple man is the only saint I have ever met in my lifetime."
Anna Ferroni—Turin, Italy
DIAMONDS IN THE SNOW
Little Diamonds on the snow;
Brother Sun shed them there.
God gave us His treasures to know;
His Grace and Beauty He will share.
Little Diamonds on the snow;
so pure and sparkling bright,
A glimpse of Heaven He will show;
To remind us of His Son, who came to give us Light.
A Poem by Donna Kaye Rock SFO in PA
TEARING DOWN THE WALL : Joy Pachowicz BSP —WV
While praying over the theme I would chose for this month's newsletter, I came to the conclusion that I should write on the virtue that permeated every aspect of our Holy Father Francis' life...That is, the virtue of humility.
In the beginning, when St. Francis took that first step that would enable him to take all other steps in his journey, it was his heroic act of humility that enabled him to see what was keeping him from fulfilling completely the Holy Will of God for him.
Between God and him stood a wall, a wall he alone allowed to rise. It was this same wall that he allowed to keep him from crossing over to the most needy people of his time: the lepers. What was this wall??? It was the mighty wall of pride.
As long as this wall stood tall, Francis was unable to cross over to those who so needed him. As long as it stood, his will would remain separated from the will of
God for him. So it was, that only by tearing down this wall would Francis begin his journey of total surrender to the Will of God.
There stood the leper, the most repugnant of all and between Francis and the leper stood the invisible, but very real wall of his pride. If he wanted he could tear down and reach out to the leper or he could leave it up and the life long journey we have read so much of would never had begun..
Aided by a grace which would enable him to surmount that wall, Francis tore down that wall he had built and stretched out his hand to that lonely leper he chanced to come across.
What enabled him to tear down such a terrible wall??? The humble maiden of all virtues, the quiet little virtue, our sister Holy Humility.
Only humility could stand up to pride and conquer it. Humility enabled Francis to pull down the wall that separated him from God's Holy Will and humility carried him along every step of his journey; until finally he was laid to rest from his labors.
It is this same virtue that each of us must embrace as our own. For like our Holy Father Francis, in the beginning, all of us have allowed walls to rise up between us and our neighbors and between us and God's Most Holy Will. These walls, strong though they be, can be toppled and kept down forever with the help of our dear humble sister, Holy Humility.
As we begin our journey as Brothers and Sisters of St Francis, let us adopt as our own this dear virtue that increased the number of those who followed our Holy Father Francis.
It wasn’t the words he preached or some worldly fame acquired that drew others to Francis who led them to Christ. It was his humble and quiet example. In everything he did this was his manner of approaching all: as the humble servant of the Lord Jesus.
Let us begin brothers and sisters; for up till now we have done nothing.
May God give you his peace!!
In Jesus and Mary and our Holy Father St Francis,
Joy Pachowicz BSP
(See the story of St. Francis and the leper in this newsletter.)
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD[*]:
OUR RULE AND STATUTES
CHAPTER I: DAILY LIFE
1. The men belonging to this brotherhood shall dress in humble, undyed cloth, the price of which is not to exceed six Ravenna soldi an ell, unless for evident and necessary cause a temporary dispensation be given. And breadth and thinness of the cloth are to be considered in said price.
For the Love of God - This article calls us to dress simply and avoid getting too concerned about fashions or expensive clothing styles. Especially in business today there is a real modern tendency to equate clothes to positions of power. Ideally we can keep our dress simple, though sometimes, for "...evident and necessary cause..." we must "dress up", like for our work, or formal gatherings. This is truly one way in which we can identify more easily with the poor, by really striving for greater personal simplicity in our dress. Done right, the way we dress can help us be simple, humble, and poor.
For the Love of God - In the life of St. Francis it is recorded in the ancient writings that "Francis designed a very poor and mean tunic, one that would not excite the covetousness of the world." He never asked others to do what he would not do himself first.
For the Love of God - Recall that "Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two, giving them authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them to take nothing on the journey but a walking stick - no food, no traveling bag, not a coin in the purses on their belts. They were, however, to wear sandals. "‘Do not bring a second tunic’, he said." (Mk 6: 7-9) What message was the Lord giving His disciples? Was it not that the Father in His Providence would care for them? That they should not worry about these things. That not a step that they took went unnoticed by the Father. Are we any different? Let us trust in God and seek in our lives to join those who the Lord sends out into the world in the spirit of Franciscan “Holy Joy”.
Both of these references point out nicely the simplicity that St. Francis and the Lord valued. We should value it too, but not stand in judgment against each other relative to dress when someone dresses differently, or has nicer clothes. We each have different needs and work to do, and different tastes in clothing and different definitions of what constitutes simplicity in clothing. Whatever we each call it, we should each seek such simplicity.
Source: For the Love of God
[*] This is a meditation on the Rule of 1221 written by Bruce and Shelley
Fahey prior to the creation of the BSP. Do not confuse this meditation with
the official Rule and Statutes of the BSP as posted on the web page at
www.bspenance.org which define how we live the Rule today. A copy of the
Rule and Statutes of the BSP may be obtained by writing the BSP
THE STORY OF ST. FRANCIS AND THE LEPER:
For among all the unhappy spectacles of the world Francis naturally abhorred lepers; but one day he met a leper while he was riding near Assisi. Though the leper caused him no small disgust and horror, nevertheless, lest like a transgressor of a commandment he should break his given word, he got off the horse and prepared to kiss the leper. But when the leper put out his hand as though to receive something, he received money along with a kiss. And, immediately mounting his horse, Francis looked here and there about him; but though the plain lay open and clear on all sides, and there were no obstacles about, he could not see the leper anywhere.
Filled with wonder and joy as a result, after a few days he took care to do the same thing again. He went to the dwelling places of the lepers, and after he had given each leper some money, he kissed his hand and his mouth. Thus he exchanged the bitter for the sweet, and manfully prepared himself to carry out the rest.
Celano, Second Life 1229
NO GREATER LOVE: by PAUL BEERY
It has been said: “The mediocre are always at their best.” I don’t think anyone reading these words dreams of being mediocre, even though that’s the state when we are, in the sight of others, at our best. The old Adam longs to settle in and enjoy life at the comfort level of the moment. But the paradox of Christianity is that we are often at our best in the sight of God when we feel we are at our worst. “A humble, contrite heart, O God, you will not spurn.”
I don’t think God particularly cares when we feel good about ourselves. Our sole concern should be that HE feels good about us. And that usually means when we are on our knees begging forgiveness, denying ourselves daily, loving God and neighbor through pain and suffering, or accepting the Father’s will when it’s the last thing on earth we want to do. We’re not normally comfortable doing any of these things.
In what condition did Jesus encounter death? On a cross, mocked and scorned. In carrying our cross daily, should we expect better treatment? We do indeed, because we often care more about human respect that we see and hear and feel, than divine respect. How can we learn to understand divine love and respect? I personally feel there may be no better way than the Way of the Cross. Next month, just before Lent, will be the perfect time to explore this wonderful Way to get to know Jesus, to experience divine love.
For now I’d like to comment on the incredible good that is already coming from a graphic portrayal of the Way of the Cross: “The Passion of Christ,” the movie by Mel Gibson which has not even been released yet. This movie is partially responsible for a great awakening among Jews in America, because it has forced them to confront old hostilities towards Christians with the dawn of a new day. I have before me an article written by David Klinghoffer, columnist for the Jewish Forward, and author of “The Discovery of God: Abraham and the Birth of Monotheism.” The article is titled: “If Gibson is anti-Semitic, so is the Talmud.”
Jews have encountered so much persecution in the past, culminating in the holocaust of recent memory, that they are allowed to be a little paranoid. They fear Gibson’s movie will blame the Jews for the death of Jesus and set off a new round of persecution. That may be the case in Secular Europe where anti-Semitism is very strong, but in Christian America, those fears are groundless. Dennis Prager, a Reform Jew and popular radio talk-show host, has stated that America is the only true Judeo-Christian nation in the world. Most followers of Jesus in America realize their own “Chosen-ness,” and give their due to the original Chosen People.
David is one of many Jews who is nearing the end of a long and painful journey in which he realizes that the (conservative) followers of Jesus are not the Jews’ worst enemies, but their best friends. He feels free to state the obvious, that while it was the Romans who crucified Jesus, it was at the instigation of the Jews. He quotes a Talmudic division known as the Sanhedrin: “On the eve of Passover they hung Jesus of Nazareth. And the herald went out before him for 40 days saying, ‘Jesus goes forth to be stoned, because he has practiced magic, enticed and led astray Israel. Anyone who knows anything in his favor, let him come and declare concerning him.’ And they found nothing in his favor.” The fate of Jesus was entirely in the hands of the Jewish Court.
The “greatest Jewish sage of the past 1,000 years, Maimonides,” had this to say: “Jesus of Nazareth…interpreted the Torah and its precepts in such a fashion as to lead to their total annulment. The sages, of blessed memory, having become aware of his plans before his reputation spread among our people, meted out fitting punishment to him. He was put to death by the court.”
Mr. Klinghoffer concludes: “The best option now is to acknowledge that other sources besides the Gospels confirm the involvement of Jewish leaders in Jesus’ death and clear the anger from the air. Considering that Gibson’s portrayal coincides closely with traditional Jewish belief, it seem that leaving him alone is the decent as well as the Jewish thing to do.”
There’s nothing so refreshing as hearing the truth from unexpected quarters. St. Paul the Apostle says that before the end of the world, many of the Jews will be converted. Acknowledging the truth is a small
beginning. Rejecting the mediocrity of mere human tradition, and accepting the far greater love of Jesus the Messiah will be the final step for the shepherd-less Chosen People.
Morning Star Chapter—BSP
- RETREAT 2004 -
The 2004 retreat for the Brothers and Sisters of St. Francis will be held at the Franciscan Retreat Center at Prior Lake, Minnesota from Friday evening, July 30th to Sunday noon, August 1st.
The expected cost is $120 for everything. We are very happy to report that the Visitor of the BSP, Father Corey Belden, and Father Valerius Messerich O.F.M., our first Visitor, both hope to be at the retreat, and that our primary retreat speaker will be Fr. Robert Altier, a very renowned speaker in the Twin Cities area. Fr. Altier’s talks and much more are recorded on his Web site at: http://www.desertvoice.org/ . We will also be blessed to have Archbishop Harry J. Flynn celebrate Mass on Saturday night, and we are sure the Archbishop will have a powerful message of support for all present.
If you wish to book your attendance at the retreat please send a $25 deposit to the Brothers and Sisters of Penance of St. Francis; 20939 Quadrant Ave. N., Scandia, Minnesota 55073. Travel arrangements can be coordinated with the BSP Communication Center at the same address if you are planning on coming in by rail or air. The retreat schedule will be published as we get closer to the date. If you have any questions please call Bruce or Shelley at the BSP Communication Center at 651-433-2753.
A PRAYER FOR US ALL By Winnie Spencer-dealy… ID
To you be all honor and power, O Lord, to You be all the glory. As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
Guide the Brothers and Sisters of Penance of St. Francis, Lord. Send to them Your Holy Spirit. Let them go forth in a spirit of love and compassion for their fellow man, serving the Poor Christ in others, as did St. Francis. Use their Association to foster love and service to God, the Most High. Help them to guide others to the bosom of Jesus and Mary. As they lead others to Christ, strengthen and renew them daily. Place a deep love of prayer and a deeper love of the Holy Eucharist in their hearts, O Lord. We place all our hope in You! Divine Trinity, we are united in spirit with You!
I unite my prayer with Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, and all the Angels and Saints in Heaven, where they honor and praise You night and day.
Holy Mary, pray for us.
All Angels and Saints, pray for us. God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, O Most Holy Trinity, bless all your
Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, my special patron, pray for us.
All holy men and women, pray for us.
Brothers and Sisters of Penance, pray for us.
Winnie Spencer-Dealy BSP
The Southern Ute Indian Nation: Idaho
TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATIONS:
An idea to improve communications: To all BSP members, grace and peace to you! We have set up a Yahoo email discussion group, "BSPofStFrancis".
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Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matt. 5:9)
Flight to Egypt
Author: Cosme Tura, Italian painter, 1474
Originally located in Ferrara, Italy
Now in Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF PENANCE OF ST. FRANCIS
is a Private Association of the Faithful, which is dedicated to renewing the ancient way of penance as contained in the First Rule of the Third Order of St. Francis of 1221 for lay people in our modern world. We have the approval of the Catholic Church to do this through several of its bishops. If you are bound by another Rule of life in another profession of the way of St. Francis you are invited to add the elements of this life to that commitment. Also, the mission of the BSP fulfills what Our Lady is asking of us all today: personal conversion.
Welcome to all!
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