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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Mary Immaculate Virgin in the Glory of Heaven

Prayer to the Immaculate Virgin

My most pure Mother,
my soul so poor, all stained with wretchedness and sin
cries out to your maternal heart.
In your goodness deign,
I beseech you to pour out on me at least a little of the grace
that flowed into you with such infinite profusion
from the Heart of God.

Have pity on me!
May one compassionate look of yours
revive me, purify me
and lift me up to God;
raising me from the filth of this world
that I may go to Him who created me,
who regenerated me in holy Baptism,
giving me back my white stole of innocence
that original sin had so defiled.

Dear mother, make me love Him!
Pour into my heart that love that burned in yours for him.
Even though I be clothed in misery,
I revere the mystery of your Immaculate Conception,
and I ardently wish that through it you may purify my heart
so that I may love your God and my God.

Cleanse my mind
that it may reach up to Him and contemplate Him
and adore Him in spirit and in truth.
Purify my body that I, too,
may be a tabernacle for Him
and be less unworthy of possessing Him
when He deigns to come to me in Holy Communion.


Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, O.F.M. Cap.

From the book: Meditation on the Immaculate Conception

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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