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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... in the world, but NOT of it, for Christ!

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 Francis and Clare from the movie Brother Sun Sister Moon

Francis and Clare from the movie "Brother Sun, Sister Moon" (Franco Zeffirelli)

Laus solis

Altissime, omnipotens, bone Domine,
tuae sunt laudes, gloria, honor er omnis benedictio,
tibi soli referendae sunt
et nullus homo dignus est te nominare.

Lauderis, Domine deus meus, propter omnes creaturas tuas
et specialiter propter honorabilem fratrem nostrum solem,
qui diescere facit et nos illuminat per lucem;
pulcher est et radians et magni splendoris
et tui, Domine, symbolum praefert.

Laudetur Dominus meus propter sororem lunam et stellas,
quas in caelo creavit claras et bellas.
Laudetur Dominus meus propter fratrem ventum,
aerem, nubem, serenitatem et propter omnia tempora,
per quae omnibus creaturis ministrat alimentum.

Laudetur Dominus meus propter sororem aquam,
quae est multum utilis, humilis, pretiosa et casta.
Laudetur Dominus meus propter fratrem ignem,
per quem noctem illuminat;
ille roseus est, rutilus, invictus et acer.

Laudetur Dominus meus propter nostram matrem terram,
quae nos sustentat et alit
et producit varios fructus
et varicolores flores et herbas.

Lauderis, mi Domine, propter illos,
qui pro tuo amore offensas dimittunt
et patienter sustinent tribulationem et infirmitatem.
beati illi, qui in pace sustinuerunt,
quia a te, Altissime, coronabuntur.

Lauderis, mi Domine, propter sororem nostram mortem,
quam nullus vivens potest evadere.
Vae illis, qui moriuntur in peccato mortali.
Beati illi, qui in hora mortis suae
inveniunt se conformes tuae sanctissimae voluntati,
mors enim secunda non poterit eis nocere.

Laudate et benedicite Dominum meum, gratificamini
et servite illi, omnes creaturae, cum magna humilitate.


sunset in Costa del Sol, Spain

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