Please pray for the dead and survivors in need from the terrible earthquake in Haiti yesterday. Thet need all the intercessions possible.
Quote or Joke of the Day:
Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisers.
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to tear down, and a time to build. (Ecclesiastes 3:3)
The fifth commandment states, “Thou shalt not kill!” What I believe this verse is, is a poetic way of saying that there is a time shed our old lives, and to create a new life. Is this time controlled by us? The correct answer, for me, is “Yes and No!”
Maturity is not based on age as much as it is a response to environmental and social exposure. Looking back at my life, I realize that I was not very mature until after I had graduated from my post-high school education, and began working in the medical field. It was there that I realized that, though brought up in a single parent, lower middle-income household, I had it not to bad, at all. I can honestly say that I saw decades worth of learning and wisdom from those five years working in the poorest parts of the inner city of St. Louis.
As most of you know, I am the proud parent of four teen and near-teen age boys. Not to get my kids mad at me, but it is well-known that my youngest (the 10-year-old) is my most mature child. I believe it doesn’t hurt his maturity that he has been an insulin dependant type I diabetic since age four. This is my child whose food group, if he could, would consist totally of waffles, chocolate, cookies, chocolate, cheese cake, and did I emphasize the chocolate thing enough! He is also the one that gets himself up and goes to bed without any comments from his parents. He is the one that always does his homework immediately upon coming home from school. He is the one that gets his own food, instead of asking and whining. Yes, I know; he is an alien!
He has, at his tender age, been forced to build himself up, and to take responsibility for himself. In his young journey, he has also built a special relationship with God, and his catholic faith. I, though forty years his senior, have learned significantly about what a child-like faith really entails. Matt asks questions about his faith, but has no question about Jesus’ love for us or why He came to earth, through a virgin, to die on a cross for our sins. He has no doubts about Jesus’ resurrection and ascension to heaven. Matt, at age 10, can and does say the daily rosary!
We can learn so much from our elders, as well as from our children. Just take a deep breath and relax; and watch, live and learn.
“Lord, help me to find that child-like love and faith that I have seen in my child. I so love and desire to be with you in paradise some day. Also, please help me to be a better father. Amen”
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Franciscan Saint of the Day: Blessed Odoric Matiussi of Pordenone 1265-1331
Odoric was born of noble parents in the year 1265 at Pordenone in Friuli. He entered the Franciscan Order in the convent of Udine when he was only 15 years old. He felt himself called by God to be a missionary, and so prepared himself for his vocation by a strict life of penance, intimate union with God in solitude, and earnest application to study.
Ordained a priest, he labored as a zealous and forceful preacher of penance. The people came from great distances to hear his sermons and through him to be reconciled to God in the tribunal of penance. But soon his vast field of labor no longer satisfied his burning zeal. He was desirous of winning souls for God in the distant heathen countries and, if God so wished it, even to shed his blood for Christ. In 1296 he went as a missionary to the Balkan Peninsula, and then to the Mongols in southern Russia.
In the year 1314 he sailed for the Orient. From Constantinople he crossed the Black Sea and landed at Trebizond, whence he travelled and preached in Armenia, Media, and Persia. In all these countries the Franciscans had founded mission centers.
With an Irish confrere, Friar James, he sailed to India and the islands of Ceylon, Sumatra and Java. He then pushed forward to China, and preaching Christ crucified as he went his way, he finally arrived at the capital, Cambalac, now called Peiping. There he met the great apostle of China, the Franciscan friar John of Montecorvino, who had been appointed archbishop of Cambalec in 1307.
After three years of fruitful labor in Cambalec, Odoric resolved to go to Europe and submit a report of his 15 years of apostolic labor to the then reigning pontiff John XXII, in the hope of securing fresh recruits for the apostolate. He traveled through China and central Asia, and returned to Italy in the year 1330, 65 years old, and emaciated by incessant toil and sufferings of various kinds, so that none of his brethren recognized him.
Reaching Pisa, he fell ill, and, as has been recorded, it was revealed to him that he should go to his native town and repair to the convent at Udine. At Padua he rested several days, and, at the command of his superiors, dictated an account of his apostolic journeys to Brother William. In this account the humble son of St. Francis says nothing of the hardships and dangers that he encountered; but his associates report that he suffered torment from evil spirits and wicked men, from wild animals, from hunger and thirst, and from heat and cold. Once he was seized by cruel heathens and tortured nigh unto death, when our Savior and the Blessed Mother appeared, consoling and strengthening him.
Having arrived at Udine after a wearisome journey, Odoric patiently awaited death in the convent where he had once received the holy habit. After making a general confession and receiving the last sacraments he departed this laborious life and entered into eternal rest on January 14, 1331.
Moved by the many miracles that were wrought at the tomb of the great missionary, Pope Benedict XIV, in the year 1775, approved the veneration which had been paid to Blessed Odoric. In the year 1881 the city of Pordenone erected a magnificent memorial to its distinguished son.
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 #14:
Secular Franciscans, together with all people of good will, are called to build a more fraternal and evangelical world so that the kingdom of God may be brought about more effectively. Mindful that anyone “who follows Christ, the perfect man, becomes more of a man himself,” let them exercise their responsibilities competently in the Christian spirit of service.