Today will be the first day this decade that the temperature will get above freezing. We will have a heat wave of 40 degrees F Wednesday and Thursday this week as well. Break out the swim suits everyone.
Quote or Joke of the Day:
God loves each of us as if there were only one of us. ~ St. Augustine
There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens. (NAB Ecclesiastes 3:1)
This is the first of the “Beatitudes.” I will eventually cover all the verses of this epic poem, one verse at a time. This first verse pretty much states that God has an appointed time for everything, and we cannot synchronize our wants with His schedule.”His schedule” is probably one of the hardest things for me to grasp. When I want something, I want it NOW! God hears every prayer, and will answer every prayer, but on His schedule and not ours. It is not that He wants to prove a point, or to be mean and tyrannical. On the contrary, it is because of His unmeasurable love for us that He does not answer as we chose.
God is our undying father in heaven. He loves us no matter what we do: right or wrong. He loves us so much that He allows us to make mistakes and sin, through the His grace of ‘free-will.’ We have to choose to follow Him, and to be willing to work on His schedule. There is a time for everything, and only God knows for sure.
Lord, please grant me the wisdom to realize that you are with me, and will never abandon me; even when I abandon you. You know what is right for me, and when to show me your ways. I truly do love you. Amen.
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Franciscan Saint of the Day: Blessed Bernard of Corleone 1605-1667
Bernard was born on the island of Sicily in the year 1605. His father was a shoemaker and taught his son the ways of the trade. But it was difficult for the lively youth to interest himself in this work. Upon the death of his father, he immediately left the shop and, led by the love of adventure, he took up fencing. Bernard had been challenged to a sinful duel, in the course of which he wounded his opponent mortally. In order to escape from his avengers, he sought refuge in flight. In this extremity, as so frequently happens, grace knocked at his heart. Bernard heeded the call. He acknowledged his godless and dangerous conduct for what it was, bewailed it bitterly, and resolved upon a complete change of sentiments.
In order to atone for his sins, he begged for admission among the Capuchins as a lay brother, and on December 13, 1632, he was invested with the holy habit. If in the past Bernard had yielded his bodily members to wayward purposes, he now used them as an atoning sacrifice unto salvation. Seven times a day he scourged himself to the blood. His sleep was limited to three hours on a narrow board, with a block of wood under his head. He fasted for the most part on bread and water. If anything delicious was placed before him, he would carry the food to his mouth to whet his appetite, and then lay it down without having tasted it. In spite of his austere life, he still undertook the most unpleasant and annoying tasks as being his due.
Almighty God showed how agreeable to Him was the penitential life Bernard was leading; he favored him with extraordinary graces, particularly with ardent devotion at prayer. Bernard cherished special love for our Blessed Lady, and encouraged others to do the same. Often our Lady appeared to him and placed the Divine Child in his arms. Moreover, she gave him knowledge of the day of his death four months in advance. He died at Palermo on January 12, 1667.
Attracted by the fame of his sanctity, there gathered for his burial so many people who raised their voices in praise of the deceased, that it was less a funeral cortege than a triumphal procession. Numerous miracles occurring at his grave promoted the cause of his beatification by Pope Clement XIII in the year 1767.
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 #12:
Witnessing to the good yet to come and obligated to acquire purity of heart because of the vocation they have embraced, they should set themselves free to love God and their brothers and sisters.