One day to Halloween and 55 days till CHRIST-mas!
Humor of the Day:
People are funny; they want the front of the bus, the middle of the road, and the back of the church.
From the Memorae Prayer:
…to you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. …
Who can remember being caught by Their mother doing something wrong. Or even worse, having to go to your mother and admit you did something wrong. No one ever went to their dad at these times. Mom was the best of the two ‘evils.’
I remember as a child of about eight years of age, I was caught shoplifting a candy bar from the neighborhood grocery store. I was taken to the office and my mother was called. I stood there crying hysterically. Then, I had to walk home, thinking of the disaster awaiting me on my arrival home.
When I entered my house, my mother was waiting at the door with her hands on her hips, and displaying a face that was not happy at all. She took me by my hand and ‘escorted’ me to a wooden kitchen chair. She asked me to explain myself, and preceded to yell at me, and then punish me. Interestingly, I do not remember the punishment I received; though I am sure it was severe to say the least. What I do remember is that after the mental scourging was over, my mother took me into her arms and gave me the biggest hug I can remember; and then said, “I Love You Very Much!”
Would Mary, our heavenly mother, be any different? Yes, Jesus is our judge, but can’t you picture Mary behind Him with a look of concern and support on her face, while looking at us.
Mary, I love you so much! Please be with me at all times, but especially at times of need, and at my death and judgement. Amen.
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
From the Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Prologue to the Rule, Chapter 2:
… The devil snatches the soul from his body with such anguish and tribulation that no one can know it except he who endures it, and all the talents and power and “knowledge and wisdom” (2 Chr 1:17) which they thought they had will be taken away from them (cf. Lk 8:18; Mk 4:25), and they leave their goods to relatives and friends who take and divide them and say afterwards, “Cursed be his soul because he could have given us more; he could have acquired more than he did.” The worms eat up the body and so they have lost body and soul during this short earthly life and will go into the inferno where they will suffer torture without end.
All those into whose hands this letter shall have come we ask in the charity that is God (cf. 1 Jn 4:17) to accept kindly and with divine love the fragrant words of our Lord Jesus Christ quoted above. And let those who do not know how to read have them read to them.
And may they keep them in their mind and carry them out, in a holy manner to the end, because they are “spirit and life” (Jn 6:64).
And those who will not do this will have to render “an account on the day of judgment” (cf. Mt 12:36) before the tribunal of our Lord Jesus Christ (cf. Rom 14:10).