21 days till the BIRTH of CHRIST,
and this is the 5th day of the ADVENT season.
“HO, HO, HO-ly God, We Praise Thy Name!”
Quote of the Day:
We don’t change God’s message — His message changes us.
But they went out and spread word of him through all that land. (Mt 9:31)
Today is the memorial of St. Francis Xavier; one of the original first six Jesuits. He wished to go to foreign lands, and convert people to Catholicism. He eventually left Spain, his homeland, and travelled to Rome, India, and finally Japan (his personal goal). Do we have to do the same as he did to preach the gospel? NO!!! At the end of Mass, the priest says something like, “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.” He is actually commissioning us to teach, preach, and live the gospel as we go about our daily lives. Permanent Deacons, and I (as a Secular Franciscan) are called to show our faith, and live the gospel in the secular world as a promise of faith. The title of today’s reflection was a favorite quote of St. Francis. He believed that the journey to a town to preach was just as important, and spiritual, as the actual words that emitted from his mouth, at the end of the journey.
Do you ever remember watching someone doing their normal duties in life, and wishing you could emulate their commitment to duty in your life? You have actually saw someone living, and preaching, the gospel without using words.
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #3:
The present rule, succeeding “Memoriale Propositi” (1221) and the rules approved by the Supreme Pontiffs Nicholas IV and Leo XIII, adapts the Secular Franciscan Order to the needs and expectations of the Holy Church in the conditions of changing times. Its interpretation belongs to the Holy See and its application will be made by the General Constitutions and particular statutes.