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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Poverty


His first lady her, poor for sure,
walks patient seeking friends again, lonely she,
Francis knew her Truth,
Jesus and His Mother steeped in her, so pure.

He moved from plenty to her to belong to only God,
thus he fled the wordly world all others embraced,
while he clung to poverty,
and on all lesser things trod.

Spurned today the lady is, though once named best,
a rich man began her gospel story when he said "No" due to a purse, and
worse left, and thus leaving bitter, could he ever convert,
his soul yearnings cleft at the Master's request.

Second still, forth among many the lady danced,
she ordered by Jesus to be sheltered without staff, or food, or money,
just walk free He said, and they did,
though she would not stay forever so romanced.

So in time Francis found her wandering,
and to himself bound her to those who chose his way
and said their own best 'yes' to her stay;
sown for all through he, but today again wandering.

And then, the lady in the world for all,
gentle may she be embraced in things avoided,
denial by name and crosses of life presiding,
accepted pain, for He who on a crossed tree answered her, one with His,
though also now our, final call.

Brother Not, sfo
November 1993


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