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 BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF PENANCE

 

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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Prayer of Saint John Vianney

Image of Mary and Child in Spoleto's main church, Italy


O most holy Virgin Mary,
always present before the most holy Trinity,
to whom it is granted at all times
to pray for us to your most blessed Son,
pray for me in all my needs.

Help me, defend me,
give thanks for me,
and obtain for me the pardon
of all my sins and failings.
Help me especially in my last hours.
Then, when I can no longer give
any sign of the use of reason,
give me courage
and protect me against all evil spirits.

Make in my name a profession of faith.
Assure me of my eternal salvation.
Never let me despair of the mercy of God.
Help me to overcome the evil spirits.

When I can no longer say,
"Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I place my soul in your hands,"
say it for me.

When I can no longer hear
human words of consolation,
bring me comfort.

Stay with me when I stand
in judgment before your Son.

If I have to do penance
for my sins in purgatory,
pray for me after my death.

Inspire my friends to pray for me,
and thus help gain for me
very soon the happiness of being
in the presence of God.

Lead my soul to heaven where,
united with all the elect,
I may bless and praise God
and yourself for all eternity.
Amen.

SAINT JOHN VIANNEY (Curé d'Ars) (1786-1859)
Franciscan Tertiary and Saint of the Catholic Church


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