ADVENT BEGINS TODAY:
Praise the season, and pass the cookies!
25 days till the BIRTH of CHRIST,
and TODAY starts the ADVENT season.
“HO, HO, HO-ly God, We Praise Thy Name!”
Quote of the Day:
The best mathematical equation I have ever seen: 1 cross + 3 nails = 4given
The Canticle of the Sun by Francis of Assisi (day 13 of 14):
… Woe to those who die in mortal sin! Happy those she [Sister Bodily Death] finds doing your most holy will. The second death can do no harm to them. …
I have never heard of “second death.” After researching, I found the term “second death” is mentioned in the bible four times: Rev 2:11, Rev 20:6 & 14, and Rev. 21:8. My understanding is that this “second death” means a permanent separation from God, in hell.
So now the question is: “What is ‘first’ death?” Death is eventual to all individuals: this death is the “first” death. The “first” death is physical, but temporary deaths from which everyone will be resurrected to everlasting life; and those dying in sin will be resurrected, judged, physically die again, but this time the death is presumed to be permanent!
The full text of “The Canticle of the Sun” can be found at many web sites
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
From the Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule Prologue, Chapter 1:
… Oh, how glorious it is to have a great and Holy Father in heaven! Oh, how glorious it is to have such a beautiful and admirable Spouse, the Holy Paraclete.
Oh, how glorious it is to have such a Brother and such a Son, loved, beloved, humble, peaceful, sweet, lovable, and desirable above all: Our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave up his life for his sheep (cf. Jn 10:15) and prayed to the Father saying: …