[Hail holy Queen] … To you we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. …
Did you know there is an actual “valley of tears” in the Golan Heights. This area was the site of a major battle in –1973! In researching this part of the prayer, I found this little tidbit, a God-wink or as I called it yesterday, a ‘scripture-cache.’ 1900 years or so later, this prophecy actually came to life!
Our civilization is full of corruption and moral decay. But, it is not the first time, and probably will not be the last time. Since Sodom and Gomorrah, civilization has somehow rationalized evil as the norm. Be it pornography, extramarital affairs, ‘religious wars’ (& some say all wars are religious), or illegal drugs; immorality has a foot hold in this world.
Our hope is in keeping things into perspective. If we can keep our morals and ethics on the correct path, our short time in this valley of tears will be rewarded with eternity in peace and bliss with our heavenly family.
Pax et Bonum,
Dan Halley, SFO
Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #9:
The Virgin Mary, humble servant of the Lord, was open to His every word and call. She was embraced by Francis with indescribable love and declared the protectress and advocate of his family. The Secular Franciscans should express their ardent love for her by imitating her complete self-giving and by praying earnestly and confidently.