'FOLLOW ME!'
Luke 9:23

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The BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF PENANCE

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          St. Francis

September 2004

RETREAT 2004 ISSUE

TESTIMONY FROM REBECCA MANESS...
Making my pledge to the BSP of St. Francis (Rule of 1221) was my commitment to Our Lord to live a life of discipline, penance, simplicity and prayer. Saying yes to God and no to the material desires of the world. What a gift to belong to this association of wonderful people all striving for holiness.

Rebecca Maness—Pledged July 30, 2004

Rebecca Maness and Paul Beery both pledged for life to live the Rule of 1221 at the retreat. They made their pledges to Father Robert Altier, who was retreat master of the event. Both Paul and Rebecca live in the Twin Cities area and are in Chapters of the BSP. Paul is a founding member of Morning Star Chapter, which was the first Chapter founded, in the early 1990’s, even before the BSP was blessed by Archbishop Flynn. Rebecca is a founding member of Our Lady of Sorrows Chapter in Coon Rapids.

Fr.Altier, Rebecca and Paul
Fr.Altier, Rebecca and Paul

CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH PAUL AND REBECCA!

TESTIMONY FROM PAUL BEERY… NO GREATER LOVE
During the retreat, Rebecca and I were privileged to pledge for life to observe the Rule of St. Francis for the Brothers and Sisters of Penance. I have had to examine carefully and prayerfully the reasons for doing this, and I’d like to share just one of them now.
Fr. Altier gave the best explanation on the necessity of doing penance I have ever heard. He said that those who attempt to lead a penitential life today are responding to an extraordinary grace.


In the early Church, fulfilling the demands of the Gospel was well understood. A penitential life was expected. Repentant sinners had to undergo remarkable public penances.

Today we can’t even require those giving public scandal to abstain from Holy Communion when they are obviously not in union with Jesus and His Church. We have lost the concept of how deadly sin can be. True repentance requires that we not only address offenses against God, but the People of God.

When a friend of mine asked why I would subject myself to following a difficult way of life, I said: “Because I need it the most.” As a sinner, I can present myself in sackcloth and ashes to the Lord and beg forgiveness. But how do I heal the breach with the People of God for “non-public” sins? I can and will attempt to lead a penitential life along with my fellow Brothers and Sisters of Penance. My pledging is a very public proclamation that I wish to seek holiness as the Gospel demands, and the only way to do that, as all the saints have proven, is to lead a penitential life. None have done it better than St. Francis of Assisi. He has inspired many to seek holiness through his imitation of Christ. I look forward to joining with my brothers and sisters in living the Gospel in the spirit of St. Francis. Sharing that journey through this forum is pure joy. Having made the commitment to love God with all our heart, all our mind and all our strength, we will find that there is indeed NO GREATER LOVE to pursue than the love of God.

Paul Beery BSP—Pledged July 30, 2004

Dorothy Winczewski, Rebecca Maness, Paul Beery, Donna Beery

From left to right: Dorothy Winczewski, Rebecca Maness, Paul Beery, Donna Beery. Dorothy was a witness for Rebecca Maness, and Donna was witness for her husband, Paul, when they pledged before Father Altier. Dorothy is a Novice 3 this year in the BSP and will pledge for life at next years retreat. Donna is an Honorary and founding member of the BSP in Minnesota. All are members of Chapters of the BSP.

ADMINISTRATORS MESSAGE: BSP RETREAT 2004

Bruce Fahey, Minister
Shelley Fahey, Messenger
     Preparations for the retreat involved real team work. It showed that the Brothers and Sisters of Penance really are together in their commitment to living the life of penance as a community. We opened the retreat to others who wanted to attend because there were vacancies at the retreat center after we scheduled our members. Of the twenty-four retreatants present, seven were members of the surrounding area as 'guests' of the BSP and several of them also took an active part in events at the retreat. We were very blessed to have three parish administrators join us. Additionally, one of our guests, Rebecca Campbell, was inducted as a member of the BSP by Fr. Valerius Messerich O.F. M. on Sunday. She is in Morning Star chapter now. Father Val, our first Visitor, shared and availed himself throughout the entire retreat for spiritual direction and reconciliation to all present.

     Fr. Altier was our retreat master and gave superlative talks on penance which rattled everyone’s spiritual cages inspiring those present to become ever more dedicated to prayer and penance in their lives. He is highly respected for his beautiful and deep presentations on the faith. A Carmelite by profession, he also harbors a deep love for St. Francis. He shared that he has a deal with the Lord. He will preach but the Lord must give him the words to say. He does not use notes, and spoke in a warm and deliberate fashion, providing many profound insights into the individual Christians spiritual journey to God, and how it must evolve ultimately in everyone’s regard. The purification's that God provides each human soul follow some normal patterns in a general sense, but in a particular sense are different for all of us. God prepares the events in each of our lives and provides the necessary elements of suffering and purification so that we can advance spiritually as he prepares us for eternal life. The Rule of 1221 is a perfect launching pad to enhance our personal journey to the Lord he said.

     We were most struck by the implication in Fr. Altier's talks that it is not what 'you choose' to do for others that purifies you, as you could just be exercising your own selfish will. It is what happens 'to you' that you do not want or expect that perfects and purifies you. In the former case, which is virtually any actions we personally instigate, we could just be selfishly doing them for a 'personal' gain rather than for God. Even if someone suggests that such actions make sense, does not change the fact that you may have started them for the wrong reason. The reason of "self" as he described it. However, when a bomb drops on your head and you are caught off guard by a cross not of your own choosing or making, you can be sure that it is a gift from God. In this latter case you are experiencing God’s will for you and His call to perfection. This call is to more fully embrace the cross of Jesus Christ, who was scorned, rejected, despised and called a liar and blasphemer. Fr. Altier called such crosses wonderful testimonies of God’s love for what you are doing, and who you are. It is in embracing that cross that you become more like Christ and your lifestyle is actually confirmed by God in what you suffer. So, it is imperative that you bear all things patiently and peacefully, surrendering your life in totality to God and not to run from them. This is not child’s play, but it is the way of the Saints. The Saints thanked God for their crosses and even asked for more! His talks are outlined in brief fashion in this newsletter. We have transcribed them all and hopefully we can add them to our web site to share with all, pending permission from Fr. Altier.

     On another note, it is impossible to say enough how wonderful it was to have Archbishop Flynn celebrate Mass for us, and give us a homily on the love of God for each of us. He said in his remarks that the BSP is the most ‘eminently Franciscan community in the diocese’ and applauded Fr. Val, at the end of Mass with many compliments, including that he was 'one of the best priests in the diocese'! Fr. Val and some of those at the retreat retired to our cabin for the remainder of the week to continue the spirit of the retreat in the peace and primal tranquility of northern Minnesota.

     One last note we will share with our members is that Archbishop Flynn has personally approved Bruce as a candidate for the diocesan deaconate program, personally sending a letter to the director of the program to confirm this. The 5 year formation program begins this Fall for us. Please pray for us as we enter this great new adventure in the service of the Church, as both husband and wife are required to attend. We are very humbled and excited, and we really feel it will enhance our work both in the BSP, and the diocese. Fr. Corey Belden, one of our current Visitors, expressed great joy over the opportunity, and said that perhaps Bruce could even become ‘his deacon.’

Yours in Christ, Bruce and Shelley Fahey BSP


Fr. Robert Altier
Friday Night's Homily
Fr. Robert Altier - Celebrant

The Prophet Jeremiah is the Prophet of penance for the remnant. There is nothing more important in the Church than this remnant living out the penitential practices of the Church today. Jeremiah spoke what God gave him to say; he was not afraid because God was protecting him. We must be willing to suffer what God wants us to suffer. He has not called anyone to be popular, but to be rejected, just as Jesus, the Righteous Shoot of the house of David was rejected. If we suffer persecution, that is great cause for rejoicing.

The penitential life cannot be explained. Simply live it. Be just like Jesus and Mary, who didn't fit in with worldly ways. Look at the Cross: how easy did Jesus have it? The life of penance is an extraordinary grace, a life that every Christian should be living. Read Ignatius of Antioch on what it means to become a Christian. "What did you go out in the desert to see?" Ask for the grace to do God's will. It's an incredible grace to live by the will of God. We should praise God for giving it to us. It is a GIFT to suffer with Jesus Christ, so as to live with Him for all eternity.


Fr. Valerius Messerich
Sunday Mass Homily
Fr. Valerius Messerich - Celebrant

Often God seems far from the center of our lives. We need to bring Him back to our CENTER. One of the first lessons a postulant learns is that God provides. He guides our personal efforts so we can say: "Glory and praise to You, O Lord."

By the acceptance of poverty, God becomes our governing principle. Daily we put Him at the center of our life as we care for others: "Love one another as I have loved you." Instead of providing only for ourselves, rest assured that we merely need to love one another. Then God will care for us and our needs.

Reflect on the blessings of this retreat. Always be faithful to His Commandments, and put to death the things of earth, for Christ is in you. Surrender yourselves completely to Jesus, and ask Him to sustain you on this earthly pilgrimage.

(Father Valerius Messerich O.F.M. was the first Visitor of the BSP and remains active in guiding the Association. Keep him in prayer.)

THE FIRST TALK ON PENANCE: FR. ROBERT ALTIER

     When we think about Penance, just to set the tone for everything else that we will talk about, it really begins by having the proper essence of who we are. Most people when they think of penance think of something negative. That’s why most Americans don’t want to do it, because it’s negative. It’s about giving things up, and that isn’t easy.

     The real question is, Who am I? Why should I be doing penance? Because if we don’t understand that point, everything else is going to be focused on the self. We have to recognize our dignity before we can do anything else that is of any value. It is not something which we can do by ourselves. All we can do is respond to love. God has to give the love first. He puts the love into our hearts and then we can respond to that love.

     Now when we look at original sin, if you look back at Genesis chapter three, we see that the punishment for sin is that everything was turned backwards. The relationship between male and female was turned backwards. Everything is mixed up. The order that God created has now become chaos. But, we cannot live that way because we have been redeemed in Jesus Christ. And we have been baptized into Jesus Christ and therefore we have become members of a new covenant. And this is exactly what St. Paul speaks of. In his letter to the Hebrews, in chapter twelve he says ‘you have drawn near to Mt. Zion, to the city of the living God. There are two methods by which He drew near to us: One, His mother. Two, His cross. And on Calvary you will find both, His Mother and the Cross. Take up your cross and follow in His footsteps. Once again, it’s not an option. He said, if anyone would be my disciple he must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me.

     Penance is impossible without prayer. The two go hand in hand. You cannot truly have one without the other. Prayer will keep us focused on our Lord. Penance will keep the focus off the self and the two together will teach us how to love as we have been loved. We are called to die to self in order to live for God and others and the only way to do that is prayer and penance.

     It is a Protestant idea that if we suffer it is because God is angry and we are being punished. It is a very Catholic idea to be able to say that we are sharing in the suffering of Jesus Christ. We have to make sure our disposition is correct. That the way that we are looking at penance is positive rather than negative. That we can see that this is a gift. It is not something that we should be forced into kicking and screaming but rather it is something that we should embrace in love. Our goal is union with Jesus. He looks at each one of us tonight and says ‘DO YOU LOVE ME , as I love you? Well that’s what He told us, that’s his commandment. Love one another…with the highest, most perfect kind of charity. With the love of God. In other words, in a completely selfless manner.

     So what does St. Paul say of our Lord? For the joy, for the sake of the joy that lay before Him, He accepted the cross, heedless of it’s shame. It didn’t matter to Him, how much it cost, it didn’t matter how much it hurt, it didn’t matter what He was going to have to do because He did it in love and it was for joy. For the joy that your soul would be redeemed and would be able to go to heaven. And when our focus is correct it will not be a problem. When the focus is on the self, we’re going to quit very quickly because it hurts too much. Or even if we persevere it’s with gritted teeth and it’s not a joyful thing.

     The problem with penance in too many people’s lives is that the focus is on themselves. That is not what penance is about. The essence of penance is charity. It is the love of God and it is the love of neighbor. Penance will repair for sin but that is not the reason why we should be doing it. Christian penance is about Jesus Christ. It is about loving Him and He has shown us the way to love and it is the cross. He is the expiation for our sins...

THE SECOND TALK ON PENANCE : FR. ROBERT ALTIER

     The interesting thing about the Spiritual life is that everything is an irony. Just as our Lord can say….’that unless you die to yourself you cannot live’, the same is true with regard to this whole notion of penance. The more that we seek ourselves the less that we’re going to receive. But the more that we can get out of the way and the less that we are concerned about ourselves, the more that we will be able to receive. That’s why when you see the saints praying for something; they get whatever they ask for and extraordinary things. That shouldn’t surprise us.

     God is love. He can never do anything other than love. So, He loves you absolutely and perfectly. Of course you can only receive His love to the degree that you are able. God is there only to love us and so the question is ‘how much do we love Him?’ He is there only for us and so the question that He is asking is ‘are we there for Him’? If the essence of penance is charity, that means seeking God with our whole heart and strength without worrying about ourselves because God will take care of us.

     Now there are ways we do penance too. We can mortify the external senses. For instance we all know what happens when we start feeling hungry and our first inclination is to head toward the refrigerator. Well, we can decide that we aren’t going to do that. That we are going to limit the amount of food. That if there is something that we really like we will deny ourselves of something that’s really good, that is in taste anyway. There are also ways that we can mortify the sense of sight. There are some people that like everything around them to be really pretty and beautiful and flowery and so on and so to mortify our sense of sight we could simplify things. If you are raising a family it would not be appropriate to live like a nun. You can’t go home this afternoon and decide you’re going to detach from everything in the house and throw it all away. That might not meet with the best reaction from your spouse. That becomes the penance. You see, what we look at sometimes is that the penance is the things that we want to do, the things that we’ve decided to do but when you can’t. That’s the penance.

     There is an old saying that it is impossible to live with a saint. Now, I have changed that to say ‘It’s impossible to live with somebody who prays!’. That is if the rest of the people don’t pray. And I don’t mean, say some prayers. I mean pray deep in the heart because the way that you are going to live is not the way that most people do. Just pray and let the Lord change you the way He wants to change you and you will have plenty of penance right in your own home because people won’t understand.

     The real tragic part about it is even when you read the lives of the saints, look at where most of their penance came from. The other nuns and monks, right in the monastery!! The ones who were supposed to be praying right along with them and they didn’t get it. Now there is another element that we can look at as far as making a distinction. There are two kinds of penances. Active, and passive. The active penances are the things that we ourselves have chosen to do. I’m going to fast. I’m going to decide to sleep on the floor. I’m going to put a pebble in my shoe. I’m going to do this or that or the other thing whatever it might be. The problem with Active penances is that we usually choose the things that we’re really good at, and then you are not fasting for the Lord. It’s usually something about the self.

     While we need to remain strong in the areas that we’re good at, we need to strengthen the things that we’re not good at. The best penance for this are the second kind, passive penances. Those are the ones that God gives us. God knows exactly what we need and therefore, He never gives us penances that we’re good at but always at the things that we are the worst at. You can be always sure that if God sends something along, that all of the penances that you’ve chosen to do, all the mortifications, all the fasting, all the little difficulties that you’ve taken on, they are as nothing compared to the ones that God sends, and it is pretty rare He only sends us one. The things that are out of our control, the things that we just have to accept. The things others do to us. These are what he gives us. God will often employ Satan to do this. That jerk can really get us angry! The real challenge is how much can we accept...

THE THIRD TALK ON PENANCE: FR. ROBERT ALTIER

     Passive interior purifications. These have to do with the interior purifications. The most painful of any of them. They correspond to the three theological virtues of faith, hope and charity. Faith is the first is purified. It is a virtue of the mind. When the mind is purified there will be all kinds of doubts about the faith. The mind will be filled with all kinds of doubts. The devil torments the mind. And we have to just keep saying, “Yes, I believe. I really believe in Jesus.” This is necessary so our faith can grow. St. John of the Cross tells us that the most sure way to God is in the darkness of faith. And there is absolutely nothing, other than faith, to go on. That is the surest way. To us it seems like the least sure way because it is a walk in the darkness, while it is, in fact, the most perfect way to God. And, it is the surest way to know you are on the right track.

     When hope is purified, there is a whole series of things that get purified with it. The intellect gets purified. Purity gets purified; there are a whole variety of different things that happen. But ultimately what will happen is that God will push a person to the point of despair. The feeling that you are lost. The feeling that there is no hope. Suicidal thoughts come up. Total darkness. It is a very painful thing interiorly. An oppressive interior darkness that falls upon the soul. And it is in this that hope is being purified.

     The most painful of all is when charity is purified, and then all three virtues are being purified to that level. So, at this time the soul feels it has been completely abandoned by God. It feels like you are going to hell, quite literally. It is because of what is going on inside. You are being crushed. Every last ounce of the self is being crushed when charity is purified. And so it is complete doubt. It is complete despair. And it is complete selflessness. God is asking that we continue to love just as if you were completely infatuated and filled with consolation because that is the way that things are going to be purified. These are passive purifications; things you cannot do for yourself at all. And that is difficult.

     All these things work together. On the good days we will go to prayer and ask him to help us and to take control of our lives. Then, when he tries to take us up on the offer, we kick and scream and we don’t like it so well. Point? He will take us at our word. He isn’t going to violate you; so he asks for your permission. You have to keep saying, yes. So, you have to be very careful whom you chose for a director. He might tell you to quit what you are doing, and that is wrong. Endure it. St. Theresa can tell you how badly a director can mess someone up because it happened to her.

     If your spiritual life is going the right way these things will happen. St. Theresa, of course, is the real master of prayer. And she is very clear in telling us that many people will make it to the 4th mansion, but not very many, in fact, very few, will make it to the fifth, because they refuse to accept the suffering that is necessary to get there. So they back off. And they fall into what I call the expectant father-in-the-waiting-room syndrome. They start slipping and pretty soon they realize I am going in the wrong direction and they turn around and towards the next mansion again and then you get there and you get too afraid and you get too afraid and you say, no, no, no, I don’t want to give all this stuff up. I don’t want to jump off the cliff. I don’t trust. Let’s not do this. So, you turn around and start going backwards again, until you find out you are going the wrong way, so you turn around again. Back, and forth. That is why most people don’t make it to that point in the spiritual life, even in their entire lives. It takes work.

     Without Jesus Christ penance means nothing. Without Him it is merely selfish. How do you know penance is real? You take a risk at being hurt. You take the risk of loving. And if you have ever been in a close relationship you know how that works. When you are loved for who you are.

     The spiritual life is like that. Work at it. Become holy, for the love of Jesus. May Almighty God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit descend upon you and remain with you forever. Amen


Archbishop Harry Flynn of Minnesota

Archbishop Flynn speaks to the retreatants about prayer and the love of God. He told us to pray like Jesus did, with great earnestness and constancy. Come, Lord Jesus, Come!

The Archbishop was only with us for a little over an hour, but in that hour he completely affirmed the Association and its mission. He complimented Father Val as one of the ‘best priests in the Diocese.’

ARCHBISHOP FLYNN’S HOMILY:

     First, the Archbishop thanked Bruce and Shelley, and others, for their work in making the retreat happen, and for inviting him to the retreat. Then, he reminisced about his time in Louisiana, when he drove in the back seat of the sheriff's car with Mother Teresa looking for a suitable place for her sisters. And he told a story about meeting a group of mostly black elementary students. He asked them the following questions:

"Are you all sinners?" ...and they replied... "Yes, Archbishop Flynn."

"Is the bishop a sinner?" "No, Archbishop Flynn."

"Is your pastor a sinner?" "Yes, Archbishop Flynn."

We all laughed out loud!

Archbishop Flynn went on to say in his homily:
     We are all sinners. We need to know God’s love for us and his Will for us. Jesus went out into the desert to pray. He prayed to know and embrace the Father's will, producing His TRANSFORMATION into it. While on retreat, we have the opportunity to imitate Jesus more fully. To pray as He did.

     We should check all four Gospels to see how Jesus prayed. He went off by Himself to pray alone to His Father. He prayed in the morning, and sometimes all night. He prayed for healing. He prayed for us. We need preparation for prayer. Remote Preparation is often learned at our mother's knee, a prayer of petition.

     Proximate Preparation is putting ourselves in the Presence of God: "Here I am, Lord. Speak to me in Sacred Scripture, in the Liturgy of the Hours, and in the Holy Eucharist." In Meditation, we picture in our mind the deeper spiritual reality. We take a gentle pace. We ask: "What does God want from me?"

     In Oration, we give thanks to God in affective prayer as we embrace the Truth that Jesus is LORD.

     We Listen - like Elijah, for God was in the gentle breeze. We ask: "Come, Lord Jesus." We empty ourselves so God can come in: "Be still and know that I am God."

     Finally we respond to Jesus as He tells us to let go and let Him change our life. We don't have to solve all our problems. By emptying the mind and heart, we invite Jesus in: "Come, Lord Jesus, Come, Lord Jesus, Come, Lord Jesus...Come. " And so, He will.


Note: ‘The Brothers and Sisters of Penance of St. Francis’ are also known and incorporated in the State of Minnesota, and nationally, under the name ‘The Brothers and Sisters of Penance’, in case the question ever comes up. We did this dual incorporation some time ago as many people prefer to still refer to the Association under its historical name, ‘The Brothers and Sisters of Penance’. So, if the question ever comes up, “Does the BSP still exist?”, the only answer that can honestly be given is a rousing YES!!” :)

Rebecca Campbell and Mike Lewis

Pictured on the left is Rebecca Campbell of River Falls, Wisconsin and Mike Lewis of Houston, Texas at breakfast at the Retreat. Rebecca decided to come to the retreat after it was advertised locally that we had some openings for others in the parish. She was deeply touched by the retreat and decided before it was over to become a member of the Association. Father Valerius Messerich accepted her as a postulant at Mass on Sunday. She is the newest member of Morning Star Chapter in the Twin Cities. WELCOME REBECCA!!

ON INDULGENCES: by Donna Beery SFO—Honorary BSP

     Paul bought a book by Fr. Kenneth Ryan entitled, “What More Would You Like To Know About the Catholic Church?” The first chapter that caught my attention was: “Indulgences-- Does the Church still preach them?” There are two concepts I would like to share with you that I have learned from this reading. The reason I think they are important is that they can help us to live our Franciscan life of union with God, to help our neighbor and to imitate St. Francis by the habit of penance.

     In receiving an indulgence, we are accustomed to seeing a number of days attached to prayers and devotions. What do these days represent? Indulgences represent an approximation of time. Yes, but what time? I was overwhelmed by the answer!

     “Indulgences take away as much punishment as would have been remitted by God for that many days of public penance as performed in the early church before the days of private penance.”

     Compared to the public penance which people have done in the past, it seems to me that we do very little to gain a lot! Fr. Ryan states an example of public penance was to stand in front of the church in the place reserved for penitents in admission of sin and in testimony of true sorrow.

     The second concept is that there are three general grants:

“The first gives a partial indulgence just for raising one’s mind to God in the performance of duty or in bearing the ills of life; the second for giving (in faith and mercy) any services or goods to persons in need. These two grants are more or less for ‘good works’ as were all indulgences ever granted up to now (published 1978).

     The third, however, is brand new. It gives a partial indulgence to anyone who voluntarily deprives himself of anything licit and pleasing,”

     Fr. Ryan states that the reason the third grant was given is so that people can have the spirit of penance; the faithful are no longer obliged to abstain from meat on Fridays and to fast on certain other days.

     Should Catholics take advantage of the offer of expiation attributed to the indulgences? We Franciscans are encouraged to intercede for others--as St. Clare teaches us—to be mindful of indulgences. We can spend the rest of our life imitating St. France in the spirit of penance. We have learned what we can do and how we can do it. We no longer say: “I am waiting for instructions.” Jesus goes before us; we have St. Francis and St. Clare as our guides. We lift up our mind and heart to God and give to others in need. At times we deprive ourselves of something pleasing to us, for the love of God and our neighbor. We do so very little and we gain a lot!

     Respectfully submitted, Donna Beery SFO

NEXT YEAR’S RETREAT

The Retreat for next year is already scheduled, at Franciscan Retreats. We are hopeful Fr. Altier, a Carmelite, will be our Retreat Master again, on the subject of prayer. The dates will be July 29, 30, and 31, 2005. Put it on your calendar and set aside some money now to come. It is wonderful to gather in support of our life together...in Christ.


The
BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF PENANCE OF ST. FRANCIS

is a non-profit 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 that does not permit you to enter other religious families you are nonetheless invited to become an Honorary member of our Association and add the elements of this beautiful way of life that Saint Francis of Assisi gave us to the lifestyle of your profession.
All members, and Franciscans, are welcome to submit articles for consideration for inclusion in this newsletter if they are directed towards the spiritual formation of members or are the outgrowth of the lifestyle of the Association or a committed Franciscan life. Just send them to the BSP of St. Francis at the address on this newsletter. Feel free to share this newsletter with your friends or neighbors. It is intended to be the primary monthly communication of the Association. And if you can find it in your heart and in your budget remember that donations to the BSP are used strictly to promote the lifestyle and are tax deductible. We remain, always, sincerely yours in the love of Jesus Christ!

Bruce and Shelley Fahey BSP



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