“I Would Love to Forgive You – The Canticle of the Sun by Francis of Assisi (day 10 of 14)”


Happy Turkey Day!  What are you thankful for during this season?!  I am thankful for many things, but mostly for my immediate family; my extended family; and you, my readers.

28 days till the BIRTH of CHRIST,

and 3 days till the beginning of the ADVENT season.

“HO, HO , HO-ly God, We Praise Thy Name!”

 

Quote of the Day:

 Forbidden fruits create many jams.

 

Today’s Meditation:

The Canticle of the Sun by Francis of Assisi (day 10 of 14):

… Be praised, my Lord [Jesus], through those who forgive for love of you; through those who endure sickness and trial. …

 

I gave a talk on forgiveness at a retreat I recently attended.  When I sat down to write this talk, I had no idea what to write.  I sat there quietly praying, and asked the Holy Spirit to help me.  I came up with revelations that I never would have thought without His help.  Again, when I presented the talk, I was filled with His presence, giving witness to the need of forgiveness, that was well beyond my capabilities.  Among other things, I remember talking about the “Our Father,” and the portion of this prayer that discusses forgiveness.  The prayer, I referenced, can be found in the USCCB’s New American Bible (NAB) Matthew 6:9-15:

 “This is how you are to pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; and do not subject us to the final test, but deliver us from the evil one.  If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions

I also talked about how we need to forgive without keeping score; and that once we forgive someone, it is over – forever.  Just as if tearing up a ticket and burning the pieces: the infraction should never be brought up again.  To forgive without forgetting is the same as actually ‘never forgiving.’

 Afterwards, I was told by several of the retreatants that they were opened to what this prayer is actually saying.  These very religious and spiritual individuals have been holding resentments for some time.  After the Sacrament of Reconciliation, they appeared happier, and very content with their situations and status in life.  They honestly seemed to be more at peace, and filled with the Lord alive in them. 

The full text of “The Canticle of the Sun” can be found at many web sites

including: http://www.poverello-society.org/prayer_canticle.htm.

 

 Pax et Bonum

Dan Halley, SFO

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Franciscan Saint of the Day:  St. Leonard of Port Maurice

 

Leonard had great devotion to the Holy Eucharist, the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to Saint. Francis.  He  joined the Franciscans (OFM) in  1697.  After his ordination in 1703 he preached all over the Tuscany region of Italy.  

Through his devotion to the Stations of the Cross, he  erected about 600 Stations of the Cross throughout the lands.  In 1744, the Pope sent Leonard to preach on Corsica.  

He returned to Rome in 1751 after receiving a summons from the pope.  Leonard died at his friary, St. Bonaventure, November 26.

(From http://www.franciscan-sfo.org website)

 

Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #26:

 

As a concrete sign of communion and co- responsibility, the councils on various levels, in keeping with the constitutions, shall ask for suitable and well prepared religious for spiritual assistance. They should make this request to the superiors of the four religious Franciscan families, to whom the Secular Fraternity has been united for centuries.

To promote fidelity to the charism as well as observance of the rule and to receive greater support in the life of the fraternity, the minister or president, with the consent of the council, should take care to ask for a regular pastoral visit by the competent religious superiors as well as for a fraternal visit from those of the higher fraternities, according to the norm of the constitutions.

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