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,
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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'

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Offered Now Everything in Praise of God...

Shadows in darkness, moonlit branch reaches,
touching within me deepest secret places,
My spirit shifting, praising only Thee,
God-love drifting, complete in me.

Offered now everything in praise of God,
trees in the woodland, grasses in sod,
Snowflakes, rainbows, flowers on a hill,
with resonant beauty, so colorful His Will.

Stars and their courses, unknown save seen,
moonlight transforming winter to dream,
Soul shifting deeply revealing His I,
how can I write of Thee, hear my soul-cry.

Footprints in sea sand, vixen at lair,
movements in deep waters, wings on crystal air,
Creator's Love burning, cast from His Sword,
life-fire yearning consummation in its Lord.

Spirit gifts the greatest, hopes heaven high,
Power bound in fusion, nearer even nigh,
Still-prayer amidst all else, time unbounded,
Love-manna savored, evil gone, confounded.

Everything offered but naught to give,
possessing nothing but that I live!
Love moving endlessly, Life on its Way,
Jesus walks softly, peaceful His Say.

Love offered in shadows, again in dreams,
warm piercing Love that never leaves,
Offered a spirit in love with His earth,
called from itself, creating a dearth.

Void of completeness until filled by Thee,
You the One sought, to set me free,
Wanderings ended, bound for eternity,
praising, soaring spirit, cherished, happy.

Brother Not, sfo

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