Congratulations to Deacon Tom Bello, SFO and Elaine Hedtke, SFO for being named the National Minister and National Vice Minister for the United States Secular Franciscan Order. They each have many years experience. May God be with them in their duties.
Humor of the Day:
Forbidden fruits create many jams.
The 6th Joy of Mary – (Luke 24:1–8)
At daybreak on the first day of the week they found the stone rolled away from the tomb; but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
The Son of Man must be handed over to sinners and be crucified, and rise on the third day.” And they remembered his words.
Jesus said that the church could be destroyed and He will rise it again in three days. Nobody at that time thought of the church as ‘Jesus.’ But Jesus is the church; he is the high priest; he is the almighty. Jesus died for our sins, and proved that through Him, we can rise again in fulfillment of the scriptures.
Mary, upon seeing the stone moved away, and Jesus no longer there, had to be petrified that someone had stolen His body. That would only be a natural thought. That fear instantly turned to exhilaration after hearing and seeing her son risen in glory.
Mary’s prayers were answered! Jesus’ prayers were answered! God’s prayers were answered. What prayers were these? That sin would be redeemed: that all could find happiness and everlasting joy with Jesus in heaven; and that we all will rise again.
Mary, I thank you for giving birth to our Savior. I want so much to live with you and Jesus in peace and harmony. You stayed with Jesus though good and bad times. Please help me to do the same. Amen.
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Franciscan Saint of the Day: Bl Bonaventure of Potenza -1711
Bonaventure was born of poor but virtuous parents in Potenza in the kingdom of Naples. A pious priest gave the boy instructions in Latin. At the age of 15, Bonaventure received the Franciscan habit among the Conventuals. After his profession, he resumed his studies with great ardor, but his zeal for perfection was less ardent.
His superiors sent him to Amalfi, where he lived eight years under the guidance of an eminent director of souls. This spiritual director trained his pupil above all in humility, self abnegation, and obedience, and Bonaventure achieved a high degree of perfection in these virtues.
One day Bonaventure told his master that the key to the sacristy was lost. “Well,” said his master with a smile, “then you will have to look for it in the well; get a rod and fish it out.” Promptly Bonaventure went to the well and with rod and line fished for the key. It was not long before he actually drew it out. God rewarded him in a miraculous manner for his blind obedience.
As a priest he labored with remarkable success. His words, conduct, prayer, and mortification combined to produce blessed results. His simple sermons made a deep impression on all hearts. At times a single word of his was enough to move the most hardened sinner to contrition.
At various times he was appointed guardian of a convent, but his humble pleas were always successful in changing the mind of his superiors. Obedience at length compelled him to accept the position of novice master. In this office he sought to inculcate in his pupils above all the practice of humility and obedience.
An epidemic broke out among the townsfolk, and Bonaventure at once sacrificed himself. Fearless of contracting the disease, he hastened from end to end of the town, rendering every possible service to the stricken, even the lowliest, and administering the sacraments to them. He cured many miraculously; he multiplied their insufficient provisions by his blessing, and he foretold future events.
After Bonaventure had been a shining model of virtue among his brethren for 45 years, he felt that his last hour was at hand. While the community gathered about his bed during the administration of the last sacraments, the dying man in touching words begged pardon of his superior and the community for his many faults and infractions of the rule, as he called them.
Deeply moved, the superior handed him the crucifix, and amid abundant tears the servant of God kissed the feet of the Savior, and then died peacefully on October 26, 1711. Pope Pius VI beatified him in 1775.
from: The Franciscan Book of Saints, ed. by Marion Habig, ofm., © 1959 Franciscan Herald Press
(From http://www.franciscan-sfo.org website)