Jesus' Crown of thorns, symbol of penitential lifestyle. We are committed to living the Franciscan Rule of 1221. We aren't a Third Order but a Lay Catholic Association. ...weaving a crown of thorns,
they placed it on Him. (Mk 15:17)

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The Franciscan Association of The Brothers and Sisters of Penance of St.Francis (BSP) has a butterfly as its symbol. The Butterfly means the transforming union that we wish to attain, through a life of prayer, simplicity and self-denial. The BSP mottos are: 'Deny yourself, take your cross and follow me' and 'In the world, but not of it, for Christ'

         St. Francis

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Canticle of Brother Sun

Most High Almighty Good Lord,
Yours are praise, glory, honor and all blessings;
To You alone! Most High, do they belong,
and no man is worthy of speaking Your Name!

Be praised, Lord, with all Your creatures,
and above all our Brother Sun,
who gives us the day by which You light our way,
and who is beautiful, radiant and with his great splendor
is a symbol to us of You, O Most High!

And be praised, Lord, for our Sister Moon and the Stars.
You created them in the heavens
bright, precious and beautiful!

And be praised, Lord, for our Brother the Wind
and for the air and the clouds
and for fair weather
and for all other through which You sustain Your creatures.

And be praised, Lord, for our Sister Water,
so useful, and humble, and chaste.

And be praised, my Lord, for our Brother Fire,
through whom You light up the night
and who is handsome, joyful, robust, and strong.

And be praised, my Lord, for our Sister, Mother Earth,
who supports and carries us and produces the diverse fruits
and colorful flowers and trees.

Praise and bless the Lord and give thanks to Him
and serve Him with great humility!

Be praised, my Lord, for our Sister, bodily Death
from whom no living man can escape.

Woe only to those who die in mortal sin;
but blessed are those who have done Your most holy will;
for the second death can cause them no harm.

Saint Francis of Assisi

The Butterfly is symbol of transforming union of the soul to God. God will give this grace to those faithful to walk the path of prayer and self-denial

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The Butterfly is symbol of transforming union of the soul to God. God will give this grace to those faithful to walk the path of prayer and self-denial