“The Pope’s Intentions; The Transitus; Being a Retreat Master; Heresies; St. Theodora Guérin; & the OFS Motto!” – †


26th Wednesday in Ordinary Time


Today’s Content:


  • ·        Dan’s Deliberations, Discoveries, & Declarations
  • ·        Today in Catholic History
  • ·        Catholic Apologetics
  • ·        A Franciscan’s Saint of the Day
  • ·        Reflection on article  of  the OFS Rule 


Dan’s Deliberations, Discoveries, & Declarations:


Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions For October 2012


General Intention is for “New Evangelization”; that the New Evangelization may progress in the oldest Christian countries.

Missionary Intention is for “World Mission Day”; that the celebration of World Mission Day may result in a renewed commitment to evangelization.


Today is the Transitus of St. Francis of Assisi.  The Transitus is a Franciscan devotion to ritually remember the passing of Saint Francis from this life into God.  This ritual always takes place each year on the evening of October 3rd.  Ritually revisiting the story of Saint Francis’ journey from this existence to the next in the paradise of heaven is vital to ALL Franciscans.  Without revisiting his life – – his existence – – something significant in this materialistic world would be missing.  The Transitus ritual identifies the living memory of Saint Francis.  The Transitus ritual deepens and strengthens our commitment to follow Christ in the way of the happy poor man of Assisi.


Please pray for me, for this Sunday, September 7th, I will be leading my first retreat on this Sunday.  The retreat is for member of my Secular Franciscan (OFS) Fraternity, “Our Lady of Angels Fraternity”, St. Clare Region. 

It will be on the subject of “Ministry”, and will start with Mass at a Franciscan Monastery on the property of “Black Madonna Shrine” in Eureka, MO.  After Mass, we will spend the day at the shrine itself, in periods of prayer, song, Eucharistic Adoration, and healing, interspersed with periods of exploring the various shrines made by hand – by ONE brother with items at hand (rocks, pieces, of glass, buttons, and other “junk” he acquired), eating (always with Franciscans), and games. 

I will let you know how it goes.  I am a little nervous, but “Gods will be done”!!



Today in Catholic History:


†   1143 – Cardinal Guido elected Pope Coelestinus II

†   1226 – Death of Saint Francis of Assisi (b. 1181)

†   1247 – Willem II of Holland elected Roman Catholic German emperor

†   1264 – Comet said to predict death of Pope Urban IV is last seen

†   1985 – Pope John Paul II declares Titus Brandsma divine

†   1992 – Sinead O’Connor rips up a picture of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live

(From the “On This Day” Blog Site
otday.wordpress.com &/OR
“Today in Catholic History”



Catholic Apologetics:


My reason and purpose for this section on my blog is to provide “scriptural confirmation” for our beliefs and doctrines, not to cause dissention or opposition with my fellow believers in Jesus Christ, yet not in union with the Roman Catholic Church.  Whether God speaks to us through the “Bible”, or through “Tradition”, it is the Holy Spirit who inspires the “Word” from which all authentic tradition flows.

Tradition can be separated into two aspects: oral and behavioral.  Oral tradition includes written forms.  After all, it ALL started with oral tradition.  Behavioral tradition includes Baptism, Eucharist or Lord’s Supper, Laying on of hands for healing, Intercessory prayer, and Ordination. 

All Scriptural verses are taken from both the Revised Standard Version: Catholic Edition of the Holy Bible and the King James Version of the Holy Bible.


“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths” (2 Timothy 4:3–4) RSV.

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (2 Timothy 4:3–4) KJV.


The Circumcisers (1st Century)

Some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brethren, ‘Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved’” (Acts 15:1) RSV.

Certain men which came down from Judaea taught the brethren, and said, Except ye be circumcised after the manner of Moses, ye cannot be saved” (Acts 15:1) KJV.


A Franciscan’s Saint of the Day:  Theodora Guérin (1798-1856)


Trust in God’s Providence enabled Mother Theodore to leave her homeland, sail halfway around the world and to found a new religious congregation.

Born in Etables, France, Anne-Thérèse’s life was shattered by her father’s murder when she was 15.  For several years she cared for her mother and younger sister.  She entered the Sisters of Providence in 1823, taking the name Sister St. Theodore.  An illness during novitiate left her with lifelong fragile health; that did not keep her from becoming an accomplished teacher.  

At the invitation of the bishop of Vincennes, she and five sisters were sent in 1840 to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, to teach and to care for the sick poor.  She was to establish a motherhouse and novitiate.  Only later did she learn that her French superiors had already decided the sisters in the United States should form a new religious congregation under her leadership.

She and her community persevered despite fires, crop failures, prejudice against Catholic women religious, misunderstandings and separation from their original religious congregation.  She once told her sisters, “Have confidence in the Providence that so far has never failed us.  The way is not yet clear.  Grope along slowly.  Do not press matters; be patient, be trustful.”  Another time, she asked, “With Jesus, what shall we have to fear?”

She is buried in the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, and was beatified in 1998.  Eight years later she was canonized.


God’s work gets done by people ready to take risks and to work hard—always remembering what St. Paul told the Corinthians, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused the growth” (1 Corinthians 3:6).  Every holy person has a strong sense of God’s Providence.


During his homily at the beatification Mass, Pope John Paul II said that Blessed Mother Theodore “continues to teach Christians to abandon themselves to the providence of our heavenly Father and to be totally committed to doing what pleases him.  The life of Blessed Theodore Guérin is a testimony that everything is possible with God and for God.”

Saint of the Day: Lives, Lessons and Feast By
Leonard Foley, O.F.M.;
revised by Pat McCloskey, O.F.M.
http://www.americancatholic.org website)



Secular Franciscan Order (OFS) Rule
Article #’s 03 & 04 of 26:

03.  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.  


04.  The rule and life of the Secular Franciscans is this: to observe the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ by following the example of St. Francis of Assisi who made Christ the inspiration and the center of his life with God and people.

Christ, the gift of the Father’s love, is the way to him, the truth into which the Holy Spirit leads us, and the life which he has come to give abundantly.

Secular Franciscans should devote themselves especially to careful reading of the gospel, going from gospel to life and life to gospel



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