'FOLLOW ME!'
Luke 9:23

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The BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF PENANCE

Butterfly Symbol of the BSP of Saint Francis

of
          St. Francis

August 2005, Retreat Issue

Bruce Fahey and Shelley, his wife, BSP Administrators
ADMINISTRATORS MESSAGE: Retreat 2005
by Bruce and Shelley Fahey BSP

Dear Members and Friends,

This is the retreat issue of newsletter!

We had a wonderful retreat with more than 40 people in attendance, largely from the diocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis where the Association is headquartered. Fr. Altier’s talks were wonderful on the subject of prayer and he accepted the pledges of Linda Curtiss and Dorothy Winczewski, who were awarded a crown of thorns as their gift from the Association. All members who pledge in the future, or active members who have pledged in the past and request one, will be given a crown of thorns. Historically we have given our members a cross upon pledging. This change is being made because one of our active members had a vision of the Lord in which He made it known that the gift we should give our members who pledge should be the crown of thorns. The member who received the vision described it as follows.

“I ‘saw’ Jesus standing nearby. He held out the crown of thorns and reminded me of His suffering when He paid the price for our sins. He then said that at the moment we pledge that the Crown of Thorns would unite us and would mark us as uniquely His; as fellow sharers in His suffering. It would also be the means of blessing our journey before Him with great graces in behalf of others.”

Father Altier told us that this vision clearly indicates the Lord’s desire for us to award our members as they pledge with a Crown of Thorns. The Crown of Thorns has been the symbol of the Association from its earliest beginnings and have always been hand crafted by Bruce Fahey. The first Crown of Thorns was made by Bruce in 1981. The Crown of Thorns in the history of the BSP will be described on the Web page at some future date.

Archbishop Flynn celebrated Saturday Evening Mass for us and blessed us with a beautiful homily on the compassion of the Lord and much verbal support for our mission and work. Fr. Val concelebrated Mass with Archbishop Flynn on Saturday and celebrated Mass for us on Sunday. Everything was very beautiful. The pictures and stories in this issue all relate to the retreat! Both Fr. Altier and the Archbishop said they want to be with us again next year! The subject of next year's retreat, on the last weekend in July, will be the Trinity; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Put it on your calendar now.

Blessed be the Lord!

Bruce and Shelley Fahey BSP

SOME RETREAT PICTURES

Welcome to a little gallery of pictures
from the 2005 Retreat of
the Brothers and Sisters of Penance of St. Francis
“ON PRAYER”

held July 29-31, 2005
at Franciscan Retreats Center
Prior Lake, Minnesota



Group Shot of 27 of more than 40 participants


A moment from the pledge ceremony. Dorothy Winczewski and Linda Curtiss pledged to live the BSP Rule for life before Father Robert Altier.


Father Robert Altier, Retreat Master. He did three wonderful talks on Prayer.
Notice the Crown of Thorns,and the butterfly, symbols of the Association,
on the little table in front of him.


Archbishop Flynn and Father Valerius Messerich concelebrating the Saturday evening Mass. The Archbishop paid Father Valerius great tribute in his comments for his dedicated and loyal work as a priest in the Archdiocese.


Archbishop Flynn with new pledged Sisters of Penance Linda Curtiss (on the left of the picture) and Dorothy Winczewski (on the right of the picture)


Groupshot at dinner. Several retreat participants
commented that the food was incredibly good!


More pictures will be soon on the BSP website at www.bspenance.org

Notes by Bruce and Shelley Fahey on Father Altiers homily and talks:

  • FROM THE HOMILY OF THE MASS: Saint Martha
  • Today's readings are on Martha and Mary. Martha wanted Jesus to notice her and that she was working; putting forth all the effort. Jesus points out to Martha that she is very busy, but that Mary has chosen the better part. He is pointing out what is the better part. We all need to remember that. The better part is to be focused completely on Him.

    This is also about detachment. Martha was not detached from what was going on around her even though Jesus was there. She was concerned with things that were going on. She wanted Jesus to admonish Mary who was not helping her, and to notice Mary was doing the work. She thought Mary should be admonished for not helping her. Jesus on the other hand pointed out to Martha that it was Mary who was detached from what was going on around her and was focused on the 'better part', Jesus Himself. We all need to be detached from ourselves and our will in order to pray.

    St. John tells us that God is love and that whoever acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God; God is in them, and they are in God. The only way we can discover what this means is by prayer. We think of love as either doing all kinds of things for others, or we think of it as a gutsy emotion. Love is best defined as always doing the best for others! Anything selfish is the opposite of love! Even doing many good things we can be selfish in it all. If you are looking for the praise from others it is what Our Lord warned us against. It does not lead to eternal life.

    We all need to remember that even the demons believe Jesus is the Son of God. It is not enough to say that Jesus is God, or my Savior, or my personal Savior even. It we say we believe in Him we must believe in every single thing he said! If we say we love Him why is it He teaches us one thing and we do another? Is it possible that His teaching is not the truth? No, of course not. We say we believe in Him, but... There is no but if we love Him. If there is a 'but' in there someplace we have failed. We must accept all that He is and live it. Once again we remember the words of Our Lord. Not every one who says Lord, Lord, will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Why won't they enter? They did not love Him, that is why. We must believe He is the Son of God objectively, but we need a subjective faith that says we will do all He asks us to do.

    Our Love must go one step beyond our faith. It needs to be put in practice. Jesus wants to live in you and through you in this world. The Love of God is a call to conform ourselves to God. To be one with Jesus Christ. So much that we really want Him. If we think that is ridiculous we need only think what happens in the Mass. In the Eucharist He loves you so much He gives you Himself and the two of you become one.

    Remember, we must be one with Him, and that unity is love and that is what it must be for God is love. God is nothing else. We must be transformed into love itself. God is in us and He is love and He is that unity that will bring us to eternity. That is what Mary realized when she sat before the Lord and that is what prayer is all about. Loving much.
  • FROM THE FIRST TALK: Vocal prayer and mental prayer
  • The first thing you must do about prayer is to get on track and work on your foundations. Remember, we see Jesus praying all the time in the Gospels! He teaches the apostles the Our Father. He goes off by himself to pray. He goes in the desert to pray. He prayed all the time and He is God. If Jesus needed to pray, so do we! The devil has convinced us in this society that prayer is worthless. He points out to people that they have tried prayer and it failed. We did not get what we wanted so the prayer failed. This is a grave deception.

    The only way we are going to overcome evil is through prayer. And, if you do not pray you are not living a Christian life. Vocal prayer comes first. We all know vocal prayer. In fact, the highest and most perfect prayer is a vocal prayer: it is the Mass! There is no more perfect prayer! As far as other prayers, the Our Father, given by the Lord, is also a perfect prayer. Every thing you say in it is perfect. Then, we have the Angelic Prayer; the Hail Mary, the Regina Coeli, the rosary, and they are all good.

    Vocal prayer is very important, but mental prayer is more important. We can go to Mass and we can ignore the Mass. We can say the rosary without thinking of the words. Mental prayer though we cannot ignore. It is our intellects working, faculties of our soul, and it will change our lives. You cannot pray mentally and be distracted. It is who you are!

    If you want to get to know someone you spend time with them. If you want to know God you spend time with Him. What happens then when you spend time with someone? You start saying little things they say. You start talking like them. And if you are married you even start to look like your spouse. So what happens in prayer? We begin to be like Jesus. We start to act like Him. Think like Him. Become Him. We might even start to look like Him. To be perfectly conformed to Christ is to be transformed into Him.

    There is not one single Saint who did not pray!! If you want to be a Saint you must pray! It is crucial we pray vocal prayer, but if we want to be conformed to Jesus Christ we must pray mental prayer. Talk to Him from our hearts. Open our hearts to Him like Mary in the Gospel tonight. We must be one with Him in our hearts. Listening is what is most important. Remember on Mt. Sinai God was not present in the earthquake, fire, wind. There is then this tiny breeze and Elijah knew He was in the presence of God. God does not need to show us He is all powerful. He speaks in the silence of our hearts. The tiniest little whisper in our hearts. At home you cannot even hear the kids at the kitchen table there is so much notice, and with radios, and music today. How will you hear God who speaks in silence?

    Fr. John Hardon, a Jesuit, pointed out that God is a God of silence. So where there is silence there is God. Satan loves noise. So where there is noise there is the devil!

    How is your home? Silence, or noise? Silence is beautiful! We need to enter into silence. As we expose our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament we listen in silence. It is almighty God here who is passive. He was passive before Pilate and the soldiers. He humbles Himself even more in the bread of the Eucharist. In that passiveness, Almighty God waits for us. We must make a choice to come to Him and be one with Him in His silence.
  • FROM THE SECOND TALK: Mental prayer and Contemplation
  • St. Theresa of Avila has described mental prayer as a conversation with one we know loves us. I like to think of the word 'ACTS' relative to prayer: Adoration, contrition, thanksgiving and supplication. Adoration comes first; a priority. Mental prayer is just open your heart and talk to God. It is not spiritual reading. It is not an examination of conscience. It is not an examination of rules of conduct. It is just conversation with Christ. Loving conversation with Christ. So we come before God and we know he is completely in love with us and that is the way we approach him, in love. We look at different levels of prayer. Mental prayer is an umbrella and there are seven levels of mental prayer under it. If the self is going to pray it is all about ourselves. Be yourself, but don't focus on yourself in prayer. The first level of mental prayer is meditation. Get a good book and that will give you some ideas of what to pray about. Read a passage. Put the book down, and think and talk about the passage. Do it mentally. That is mental prayer. The prayer of meditation. The next level is affective prayer. It is more a matter of telling God how much you love him with specific acts of the will. In time we will come to the prayer of simplicity. Things will calm down. Suddenly our mental prayer is just being with God, and that leads us to the bridge to what is called contemplative prayer. The prayer of quiet is the first level of contemplation and God does most of the work. You learn to be quiet and be passive. This is the bridge. You cannot cross it by yourself. God must give it to you. Amazing as it sounds, you cannot quiet yourself. The prayer of quiet will lead to the next level of prayer, Union with Christ. And, that in time will lead to the next level: Conforming Union with Christ. It requires a huge, huge amount of suffering and mortification to reach this level. This is the point where most people say "I don't want to do that", and yet that is what is required to reach the conforming union with Christ. We must be like Christ crucified to come to be like Christ resurrected. The last level of prayer is the Transforming Union. The highest level. In this level, the seventh level, you and God are united perfectly. It becomes impossible to sin. You are one with God. It is a mystical marriage in Christ. The habit of meditation brings us to loving mental contact with Christ. You don't move your mouth. It is all in your mind. We can talk to anyone in heaven with mental prayer. Mental prayer is essential to a solid prayer life. If you want to do God's will you must pray mental prayer. The human soul is largely feminine in nature and approach to God, and so women find mental prayer easier than men. For men the earlier stages of prayer are more difficult and the later stages easier. For women the opposite is true. But, remember, the devil will come up with a 1000 ways and reasons why you should not pray! You must be determined to persevere whether you are a man or a woman! If you want to pray more find a quiet time in your day. Mornings work best for most of us and is prime time in our day when we are awake and alert. The best of our day! A good time to pray. Also, if you use a text use something that works for you. You need to look at the steps you can do to change your prayer life. Remember, God gave you your own personality. What God will do in you is different than what he will do for others. The main thing is that you do pray! That will change your life and change the world around you! Our only hope is in prayer. It is the only hope for the world today. It is the only hope for the Church. In prayer we will get the grace and strength to do what we must do. It cannot be overemphasized. If you don't have a prayer life you are not living the Christian life! So make it a priority. Spend the time with Jesus and watch your life change. Trust Jesus. He only wants the best for us and He knows what is best.
  • FROM THE THIRD TALK: Difficulties with prayer
  • Spouses can usually be the greatest difficulty to each other in developing a prayer life, but wherever the distractions come from the vast majority of time you spend at prayer is silence and dark, not sweetness and joy. Sometimes God will offer you many lollipops of consolation, but not most of the time. Like for kids, initially you offer sweetness to them to get them to behave and do what they should. So, too, with God, he gives consolations to get us to pray at first. However, if it is dry and quiet you are not doing anything wrong. It is very common and normal.

    Distractions are inventions of the mind, the mind wandering from the prayer, and aridity is the lack of consolations of the will. It is hard to pray with distractions and aridity. They can be voluntary and involuntary. Voluntary distractions can be sinful if we recognize them and do nothing about them. We should avoid them. Involuntary distractions could be kids, or construction, or the noise of someone beside you. No sin in these. Passions; unrestrained imaginations; fatigue; all of these can lead to distractions.

    The devil is a jerk, and he does not fight fair. He will use your weaknesses against you. One of his greatest tricks is to give you lots of good things to do. He can use them to keep us from praying and doing our duties in life. Fighting off distractions is good prayer. It might be hard for us but most pleasing to God. We say: "I did not pray at all. I was distracted so badly." God says: "You tried very hard to pray. You did very well." If you give up just because of distractions you show you love yourself more than God.

    There are three sources of aridity. One, lack of development of the spiritual life. You try to do something that you do not have the capacity to do. Two, troubles with circumstances in your life. Deaths in your family; problems with your spouse or children; etc Third, the purifying action of God.

    If we look at these three things we can combat the first by working at our spiritual life. The involuntary circumstances, there is little we can do to combat them. The purifying action of God is usually experienced at the fourth and sixth levels of prayer. People will begin to realize that through these purifying actions God is bringing them closer to himself.

    If you set a time of a half hour for prayer, stay there for the half hour. Stay there for the whole half hour. Don't walk away. Even if it stays dry and painful stay at it! The question is are we going to preserver. It seems in God's plan we must start to pray more slowly. A half hour a couple times a week to start. Then more, or less, back and forth, until we get stronger. It is how we start.

    Remember, Jesus moves in silence. You do not have to say anything. You can spend hours in prayer and say nothing. Be silent. It is not about what I get. It is about what I give. All that matters is what I am doing for God in prayer. It is like marriage. It is what you give. You have to remain faithful even if your prayer is dry. Keep reminding yourself of that. Do at least thirty minutes of prayer a day. You may want an hour. Where you get fueled to work with people is before the Blessed Sacrament. Use a plan A and a plan B. Set a time to pray. That is plan A. If something comes up to goof it up, that is, plan A, go to Plan B. It helps you to get the prayer done every day. Make God the priority in your life. That is the secret of developing a good prayer life.

    God bless you all!

Father Robert Altier, the Retreat Master, is a renowned Homilist at St. Agnes Parish, St. Paul, MN
Visit his Web site: www.desertvoice.org

The whole text of Father Altier's talks, and the Photo Gallery of the retreat, will be published on the website as soon as possible.

Janet Klasson
A meditation by Janet Klasson BSP

Then Jesus told his disciples, "If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves, and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. (Matthew 16:24-25)

This familiar reading from the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time is also one of the Scripture passages on which St. Francis based his Rule of Life. There is much for we penitents to ponder in this passage, but I want to concentrate on the concept of “self-denial”.

Christ’s instruction on self-denial has always been counter-cultural, and our time in history is certainly no exception. This instruction has perhaps never been more relevant and challenging than it is today. The wide-spread teaching that children need “self-esteem” in order to grow into healthy adults has instead led to a society peopled with far too many self-absorbed, pleasure-seeking rebels.

Christ teaches that “God-esteem” and “other-esteem” are the practices that will save our life. The two Great Commandments of love of God and neighbor flow into this teaching. Self-esteem, according to this passage, leads to death. These days it is getting harder to ignore the evidence that our social experiment has had deadly consequences. What we have sown in self-love we are reaping in the Culture of Death.

But there is hope—in Christ there is always hope. Take St. Francis. Was anyone more self-absorbed than Francis Bernardone before his conversion? He was rich, spoiled, popular and dripping with self-esteem. But after his conversion, Francis became a master at imitating Christ in the virtue of self-denial. He employed every discipline that came his way, and he gave thanks for every humiliation. He became poor, shunning comfort and pleasure. He esteemed God above all, and next he esteemed God’s children and all creation above himself. In return for dying to self, he was given new life, an abundant life that has not stopped giving to this day.

St. Francis showed us it is possible to die to self, to turn away from the Culture of Death to the promise of life. If we let him teach us, we will progress on this holy way and we too will “find our life”.

I would like to share with you a personal story that illustrates this. I am currently employed in a small public school. One advantage to being in a small school is that I am able to get to know in some way each individual student. For the first few years that I worked there, I had trouble exercising my authority. I was afraid the students “wouldn’t like me” if I reprimanded them, so I let them get away with things I shouldn’t have. But one day the Lord showed me that by running away from my own authority, I was failing in my duty. I was letting my self-love get in the way of what my employer expected of me to the detriment of those students God had placed in my care...

Chastised in spirit, I began to change the way I interacted with students. I asked the Blessed Mother to teach me how to reprimand with love. This did not come naturally to me; some days it was a life and death struggle with my will. I did not always prevail, but by the grace of God and the guidance of Mary I made steady progress.

As I began to change my approach, I was convinced that the students would hate me for it. I was wrong. Often, the students whose behavior I called into question were the students that seemed most drawn to me. I also began to notice a new respect for me in the students, even the difficult ones. In losing the life I thought I had, I gained the life I didn’t know I wanted.

If God can do this much in one small part of my life, why do I still refuse to give up all that I think I am? I should be running down the path of self-denial instead of having to be coaxed, pushed or dragged.

Oh, St. Francis, teach me! I have such a long way to go! Help me to meditate often on this Scripture passage as you did, so that I may learn to run down the path of self-denial into the life the Lord has prepared for me. St. Francis, brother and mentor, master of self-denial, pray for us.

Janet Klasson BSP

FRANCISCAN SAINTS: Anacleto Gonzalez Flores (1888 - 1927) - Lay Martyr of Mexico

Anacleto Gonzalez Flores
The government of Mexico under the dictatorship of Plutarco Elias Calles (1924-1928) was anti-clerical as Calles aimed to eradicate the Catholic church. Religious persecution reached its apex between 1926 and 1929 when the then president Plutarco Elias Calles issued a law to implement a 1917 Constitution called “Ley Calles” regulating the number of ministers in a locality, outlawing foreign priests, limiting religious services and closing seminaries and convents.

Faced with these restrictions and after frustrating negotiations with the authorities, after consulting with Pope Pius XI, the Mexican bishops closed the churches and suspended the public cult in protest. For the first time in more than 400 years the churches of Mexico were closed.

Many Catholics took up arms to defend religious freedom. Catholic priests and laymen and women with deep love for the Church and the Virgin Mary, gave their lives for the Faith crying: “Long live Christ the King!” Among them was Anacleto Gonzales Flores of Guadalajara.

He was a young attorney who was an enthusiastic member of the ACJM (Catholic Association of Young Mexicans) and was involved in much social and religious activity.

A prolific writer, his works detail the sufferings of the Catholics during the religious persecution. He was a pacifist and elaborated a philosophy of resistance based on the non-violent principals of Mahatma Gandhi.

In addition to his activities, Anacleto, being a Franciscan Tertiary, cultivated a deep interior life. He was a daily communicant, dedicated time each day to prayer, and practiced the Rule given to laity by St. Francis in 1221.

In 1924, with Luis Padilla, Anacleto founded the periodical Gladium as the official voice of the Union Popular, a pacifist union. In one of the first editions they wrote: "In order to be logical, a Revolution must gain the entire soul of a nation. They will have to open a jail for each home, and they don't have enough handcuffs or hangmen to bind up the hands and cut off the heads of the martyrs." The Holy See awarded Anacleto with the cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice.

In 1926, however, after the murder of Father (now Saint) Luis Batis and three laymen, the town of Jalisco and several other towns rose up in arms. Anacleto, until this moment, had advocated passive, non-violent resistance. But now, in conscience, could he accept a government that used its strength to squash his brothers? He made up his mind during the last days of December 1926, basing his decision on the legitimacy of the defense of religious liberty.

The battle cry of the rebellious was “Viva Cristo Rey,”, and they were called Cristeros after that. Signs were placed throughout the Mexican country proclaiming Christ as the "King of Mexico" and declaring the nation’s love for the Sacred Heart of Jesus, much to the chagrin of the Mexican authorities.

The Cristero War (the Cristiada) had begun. "Religion, say historicians, permeated the entire life of the people and the combatants, who asked to be blessed before launching a campaign, whose leaders invited them to have true contrition before waging battle, who would not part with their scapulars, who attacked while singing psalms."

Anacleto launched himself into the active insurgence. He was named the civil chief of the resistance. From his various hiding places, Anacleto studied the major strategies, wrote and sent bulletins, and gave speeches. He was finally captured on April 1, 1927.

The Mexican government naturally wanted to crush the rebellion immediately. General Jesus Maria Ferreira felt that the best way to achieve that goal would be to capture the chiefs of the Union Popular and the ACJM, and set the time for this action as the morning of April 1, 1927.

Anacleto was captured at the home of the Vargas Gonzalez family and taken to military headquarters, and was tortured in an effort to learn more about the Cristeros. He was hung by his thumbs until his fingers were dislocated and the bottom of his feet were slashed. He steadfastly refused to give any information. The first Friday of April, 1927, he and some others were shot. He died heroically, forgiving the federal general who supervised his ordeal and promising to act as his "intercessor before God."

At his wake, hundreds passed by the body touching his remains with veneration. Anacleto's young widow brought her sons into the room. "Look," she said to her oldest,"This is your father. He has died defending the Faith. Promise me on his body that you will do the same when you are older if God asks it of you." The following day, thousands defied the presence of the police and accompanied the bodies to the cemetery, reciting prayers and singing hymns. The mourners risked their lives to make public their admiration for the moral chief of the Cristero movement.

Persecution of Catholics throughout Mexico lasted roughly from 1917 to 1937. In 1929, after negotiations between president Emilio Portes Gil and two Bishops, Leopoldo Ruiz y Florez and Pascual Diaz, with the mediation of US Ambassador Dwight Morrow, a peace agreement was reached which included the non application of the Calles regulations, which were however not abrogated. When the fighters agreed to lay down their weapons because religious services were to be resumed the so-called War of Christ came to an end. Nevertheless many “Cristeros”, after disarming, were brutally murdered by the local authorities. The last victims fell on December 20, 1934 in Coyoacan when a group of armed men opened fire on the faithful as they left the Church after Mass.

Throughout its history, Christianity has produced men and women who have indeed lived under the Cross. They risked and sacrificed much in order to testify their faith. Are we willing to take up our Cross and make sacrifices and take risks for the sake of our beliefs?

Submitted by Anna Ferroni—Turin, Italy

Anna Ferroni
Out of the tunnel of cancer
by Anna Ferroni BSP - Italy

The cancer is deadly but it is not incurable. Well, I made it. It took some radical actions by the doctors to help me out of cancer - surgery and chemotherapy. To remove the cancer, the doctor did not just give me a pain reliever; she removed my breast. It has left a scar, but I am alive. It has been painful, but now I am out of the tunnel. And I am thankful to God. Somewhere deep in our souls, we know that sin is cancer-like. Sin is a cancer that poisons our life here and costs us heaven. It must be removed. Just like cancer.

This is a reflection I did when I was sick. There was nothing I could do to remove my cancer myself except trust myself totally the surgeon who could remove it. So, now I think: Isn't it time to trust myself totally to the only One who can remove the sin from my soul? Jesus. That's why Jesus came - to remove the sin of the world. "The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world." Sin - that spiritual cancer that puts a wall between us and the God whose love we so desperately need.

Jesus is your Sin-Remover because He became the Lamb of God. When you trust yourself to the Doctor - Dr. Jesus - you trade death for life that will never end.


Madonna with Child  by Duccio di Boninsegna, Cortona, Diocesan Museum
Madonna with Child by the school of Duccio di Boninsegna, Cortona, Diocesan Museum, painted in 1308-1311


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