Starting tomorrow, I will be on an ACTS Retreat for the next few days. I will be unable to post any reflection from the 20th till the 22nd. Reflections will continue on the 23rd. Please keep me in your prayers, and I will keep you in my prayers.
Quote of the Day:
God Himself does not propose to judge a man until he is dead. So why should you?
The Canticle of the Sun by Francis of Assisi (day 5 of 14):
… Be praised, my Lord [Jesus], through Sister Moon and the stars; in the heavens you have made them, precious and beautiful. …
The moon reflects the brightness of the sun. The moon is there during the dark hours of the night. To me, it reminds me that Jesus is still there, even at our darkest times. All we have to do is look up, and the light of His mercy and magnificence will shine on, and through us.
God told Abraham that he will have as many descendants as there are stars in the sky. We are a family of many people, nations, and ethnicities. All christians are my brothers and sister in Christ. What a family tree!
The full text of “The Canticle of the Sun” can be found at many web sites including: http://www.webster.edu/~barrettb/canticle.htm.
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Franciscan Saint of the Day: Blessed Salome 1201-1268
Salome was a daughter of the royal family of Prince Lescon V, and a sister of Boleslas the Chaste, the virginal spouse of Blessed Kinga (July 23). She was born at Crakow, the capital of Poland, in 1201. At the age of 3, according to the custom of the time, she was betrothed to Prince Colman of Hungary, a brother of St. Elizabeth of Thuringia (Nov 17), and was sent to the court of King Andrew II in order to be raised according to the customs of the country.
The little girl proved to be a child of grace and a model to all with whom she associated. When the day of her marriage arrived, both spouses resolved to preserve their virginity. They preserved their vow intact to the end of their lives.
The pious couple vied with each other in their practices of piety and penance. With the consent of her husband, Salome received the habit of the Third Order of St. Francis at the hands of her confessor, a Franciscan friar. Following her example, many of the ladies at court renounced worldly pomp and vanity, and the palace took on the appearance of a convent. Even when her husband became king of Galicia, and Salome, in addition to the crown that was here by birth, received a royal crown, she remained the simple daughter of St. Francis in the Order of Penance.
King Coleman fell in battle against the Tatars in 1225. Salome then resolved to consecrate herself to God, and used her wealth in supporting the poor and in building churches. In 1240 she entered the convent of the Poor Clares at Zawichost. The convent was later removed to the vicinity of Crakow, to protect it against the inroads of the Tatars, and it was known as St. Mary of the Stairs. Here Salome continued to live for 28 years, highly respected by her fellow sisters because of her virtue. On several occasions she was elected to the office of abbess.
When she was 67 years old, she was seized with an illness one day during holy Mass, and she predicted that her death would follow shortly. Admonishing those about her deathbed to practice charity and harmony, and faithfully observe the rule, she died November 17, 1268, favored and fortified in her last hour with a vision of our Lady and the Child Jesus. A heavenly sign that she was receiving a third crown, the best of them all, was the fact that her sisters in religion, at the moment of her death, saw a brilliant start rise from her lips and mount to heaven.
When her body was exhumed seven months after burial, it was found incorrupt and giving forth a sweet odor. She was then entombed in the Franciscan Church at Crakow beside her husband, King Colman. Many miracles occurred in testimony of her sanctity, whereupon Pope Clement X beatified her.
from: The Franciscan Book of Saints, ed. by Marion Habig, ofm., © 1959 Franciscan Herald Press
(From http://www.franciscan-sfo.org website)
Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #18:
Moreover they should respect all creatures, animate and inanimate, which “bear the imprint of the Most High,” and they should strive to move from the temptation of exploiting creation to the Franciscan concept of universal kinship.