Thank you for all the prayers during my retreat. I had a great, and very uplifting spiritual time with my brother in Christ; or as one my fellow retreatants said, “My brothers from my other mother!” twenty-eight men ranging from 18 to 70+ years of age gathering for three plus days celebrating life, Mary, Jesus, the Holy Spirit seems to have recharged my internal fire. It is a pity more catholics do not take advantage of this beautiful gift – retreats. If more did, I believe this world would be a more friendly and unified force for Christ.
31 days till CHRISTmas,
and 6 days till the beginning of the ADVENT season.
“HO, HO , HO-ly God, We Praise Thy Name!”
Quote of the Day:
On the sixth day, God created the platypus. And God said: let’s see the evolutionists try and figure this one out.
From The Canticle of the Sun by Francis of Assisi (day 7 of 14):
… Be praised, My Lord, through Sister Water; she is very useful, and humble, and precious, and pure. …
Water is essential to life. a human can survive about 2 weeks without food, but only 3 days, at the most, without water. Also, ALL living creatures, be they plant or animal (even single cell protozoa) must have water to survive. Water is every basic compound of two elements that are basic in themselves. Two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen combine to produce the true “nectar of life” for those of us on life.
Water flowing over our foreheads, during the rite of baptism combines two elements of our faith: an outside sign of a sacrament, and an internal sign through a mark on our souls. The flowing water of baptism is essential for our eternal salvation, by the redemption of Christ.
When we take a drink of water, be reminded that as water refreshes our physical body, the body and blood of Christ in the Holy Eucharist refreshes our eternal souls. No wonder water tastes so good when parched!
The full text of “The Canticle of the Sun” can be found at many web sites
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #23:
Requests for admission to the Secular Franciscan Order must be presented to the local fraternity, whose council decides upon the acceptance of new brothers and sisters. Admission into the Order is gradually attained through a time of initiation, a period of formation of at least one year, and profession of the rule. The entire community is engaged in the process of growth by its own manner of living. The age for profession and the distinctive Franciscan sign are regulated by the statutes.
Profession by its nature is a permanent commitment. Members who find themselves in particular difficulties should discuss their problems with the council in fraternal dialogue. Withdrawal or permanent dismissal from the Order, if necessary, is an act of the fraternity council according to the norm of the constitutions.