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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Salutation to the Virtues

Hail, Queen Wisdom,
may the Lord protect you
with your sister,
holy pure Simplicity.

Lady, holy Poverty,
may the Lord protect you
with your sister,
holy Humility.

Lady, holy Charity,
may the Lord protect you
with your sister,
holy Obedience.

O most holy Virtues,
may the Lord protect all of you
from Whom you come and proceed.


There is surely no one in the entire world
who can possess any one of you
unless he dies first.

Whoever possesses one of you
and does not offend the others,
possesses all.

And whoever offends one of you
does not possess any
and offends all.

And each one destroys vices and sins.

Holy Wisdom destroys
Satan and all his subtlety.

Pure holy Simplicity destroys
all the wisdom of this world
and all the wisdom of the body.

Holy Poverty destroys
the desire of riches
and avarice
and the cares of this world.

Holy Humility destroys pride
and all the people who are in the world
and all things that belong to the world.

Holy Charity destroys
every temptation of the devil and of the flesh
and every carnal fear.

Holy Obedience destroys
every wish of the body and of the flesh
and binds its mortified body
to obedience of the Spirit
and to obedience of one's brother
and the person who possesses her is subject and submissive
to all persons in the world
and not to man only
but even to all beasts and wild animals
so that they may do whatever they want with him
inasmuch as it has been given to them from above
by the Lord.

white rose

Admonition 26: On the virtue of fleeing vice

Where there is Charity and Wisdom,
there is neither fear nor ignorance.

Where there is Patience and Humility,
there is neither wrath nor disturbance.

Where there is Poverty with joy,
there is neither covetousness nor avarice.

Where there is inner peace and meditation,
there is neither anxiousness nor wandering about.

Where there is fear of the Lord to guard the entrance hall (cf. Lk 11:21),
there the enemy can have no place to enter.

Where there is mercy and discretion,
there is neither superfluity nor hardness of heart.

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