I hope all had a great Thanksgiving Day and that the prescribed gluttony wasn’t to excess (Is that an oxymoron?!). Did you thank God for His interventions and miracles He has done for you?
27 days till the BIRTH of CHRIST,
and 2 days till the beginning of the ADVENT season.
“HO, HO , HO-ly God, We Praise Thy Name!”
Quote of the Day:
Why settle for the lesser of two evils?
The Canticle of the Sun by Francis of Assisi (day 11 of 14):
… Happy those who endure in peace, for by you, Most High [Jesus], they will be crowned. …
“Let me be an instrument of your peace…” If anything I have learned through my journey of Franciscan discernment, I have learned the meaning and significance of ‘peace.’ I was a man that was a very direct, to the point, and at times rude individual. I always insisted on it being my way. I think I was the typical American. My philosophy was that if threatened, to ‘beat them down’ (verbally or physically) and do not allow them to tread on me.
I still believe on the right to protect one-self. But my aggressiveness in thought, speech, and actions has been tempered by the tenant of St. Francis’ peace, especially in an aggressive situation. The louder someone gets, I purposely let me body and verbal interchange get softer and quieter. This does two things. It almost always seems to calm everyone, and it also allows me to control the conversation. It seems ironic that one can win by peace over force.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Pope John Paul II, all worked through peace to achieve their goals. I am still not completely at their level of sustainable peace that they exuded, but I am working at it.
St. Francis, please help me on my journey of peace and understanding of others. Amen,
The full text of “The Canticle of the Sun” can be found at many web sites
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Franciscan Saint of the Day: St. Francis Anthony Fasini
Born in 1681 at Lucera, southeastern Italy, Francis Anthony was the son of very poor peasants; but he was a bright lad, and received a good education from the Conventual Franciscans in his native town. When he was 14 he received the habit of St. Francis among the Conventuals, and in 1705 he was ordained to the priesthood. He was then sent to the Sagro Convento, adjoining the basilica in Assisi where St. Francis is buried, for the purpose of continuing his studies. Two years later he received the doctorate in theology, and he was then appointed lector of philosophy in the college conducted by the Conventuals in his home town. He was promoted successively to regent of studies, guardian, and provincial, which latter office he held from 1721 to 1723. After that he served as master of novices, and then as pastor of the church of St. Francis in Lucera. A bishopric was offered to him, but he declined it.
Among the devotions that he cherished there were especially a tender love for the Immaculate Mother of God, a childlike affection for the Infant Jesus, and fervent devotion, also night adoration, of the Holy Eucharist. Once, while he was absorbed in prayer, someone who happened to be in the church heard a voice saying: “This priest prays much for his people.”
As a priest, he also became an eloquent preacher, a lover of the poor, a friend of the unfortunate. He was a missionary, a retreat-master, and a Lenten preacher. For hours he would sit in the confessional, hearing and absolving the sins of his penitents, consoling the afflicted, warning the hardened of heart. He spent much time in visiting the sick, the orphans, and the imprisoned. As a pastor he was a real father to his people.
After 35 years in the priesthood and a life of penance, union with God, and intense labor the salvation of souls, God called Father Francis Anthony to Himself on November 29, 1742. On that day the people of Lucera came hurrying to the church of St. Francis, exclaiming as did the children at the death of St. Anthony of Padua, “The saint is dead! The saint is dead!” And for 200 years since then, they have continues to kneel and pray at his tomb. The cause of his beatification was introduced in Rome in 1832; and in 1951 Pope Pius XII solemnly enrolled him among the blessed.
from: The Franciscan Book of Saints, ed. by Marion Habig, ofm., © 1959 Franciscan Herald Press
Also on November 27th: In 1830-31 Our Lady appeared four times to St. Catharine Laboure in Paris and instructed her to have the Miraculous Medal struck. On these occasions, Our Lady showed herself to St. Catharine as the Immaculate Conception and the Miraculous Medal is really the Medal of the Immaculate Conception. On the medal are the words of the little prayer which Our Lady herself wishes us to say, “O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.” This feast is observed by the Conventuals.
(From http://www.franciscan-sfo.org website)
From the Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Prolgue, Chapter 1:
All who love the Lord with their whole heart, with their whole soul and mind, with all their strength (cf. Mk 12:30), and love their neighbors as themselves (cf. Mt 22:39) and hate their bodies with their vices and sins, and receive the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and produce worthy fruits of penance.
Oh, how happy and blessed are these men and women when they do these things and persevere in doing them, because “the spirit of the Lord will rest upon them” (cf. Is 11:2) and he will make “his home and dwelling among them” (cf Jn 14:23), and they are the sons of the heavenly Father (cf. Mt 5:45), whose works they do, and they are the spouses, brothers, and mothers of our Lord Jesus Christ (cf. Mt 12:50). …