“Leading a Retreat, Gregorian Calendar, Tradition, St. Francis Borgia, and the OFS Rule!” “Leading a Retreat, Gregorian Calendar, Tradition, St. Francis Borgia, and the OFS Rule!”


27thWednesday 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:


My Franciscan Fraternity – – Our Lady of Angel, St. Clare Region – – had a “super-great” retreat and picnic this past Sunday, October 7th, at Black Madonna Shrine in Eureka, Mo.  The theme was based on Franciscan spirituality in ministry – – for the Secular Franciscan.  

We prayed, we sang, and we had talks on the organizational structure of the Secular Franciscans and on “ministry” itself – – all in the nature of the Ozark foothills.  We also played a version of the game Jeopardy with these following categories: “St. Francis”, “Franciscan Prayer Life”, “the Popes”, “Catholic Media Moguls”, and “St. Louis Church’s”.  Even Brother Tom, OSF (from the Shrine) had a good time.  He said he was going to take the idea back to his Monastery.

For this retreat, I made a 12 foot long, seven decade, Crown Rosary using a camping rope.  (I make knotted twine rosaries, when able do to arthritis in the hands, as a part of my apostolate.)  We prayed the Crown Rosary in the outdoor chapel at the shrine, and with natures fall beauty of magnificent colors showing fully.  It was an awesome day indeed!!



Today in Catholic History:

†   1575 – During the “Battle of Dormans”, Roman Catholic forces under Duke Henry of Guise defeat a Protestants force, capturing Philippe de Mornay among others.

†   1582 – Because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.

†   1795 – Francesco Antonio Zaccaria, Italian theologian and historian (b. 1714).  He joined the Austrian province of the Society of Jesus on 18 October 1731.  Zaccaria taught grammar and rhetoric at Gorz, and was ordained priest at Rome in 1740.  He spent some time in pastoral work in Ancona, Fermo, and Pistoia, gaining renown as a preacher and controversial lecturer.  In 1751 he succeeded Muratori as ducal archivist and librarian of Modena, but was removed in 1768, owing to his Antifebronio, in which he strenuously defended the rights of the Holy See.  He was then appointed librarian at the Jesuit professed house in Rome.  Clement XIII allowed him an annual pension, continued under Clement XIV, and increased by Pius VI, who appointed him professor of church history at the Sapienza and director of the Accademia de’Nobili Ecclesiastici.  He was a member of at least 19 Italian academies.  He died in Rome, aged 81.

†   1982 – Pope John Paul II canonizes Father Maximilian Kolbe, who volunteered to die in the place of another inmate at Auschwitz concentration camp.  He was canonized on 10 October 1982 by Pope John Paul II, and declared a martyr of charity.  He is the patron saint of drug addicts, political prisoners, families, journalists, prisoners, and the pro-life movement.  Pope John Paul II declared him “The Patron Saint of Our Difficult Century”.

(From the “On This Day” Blog Site
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“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.


Tradition Found in Holy Scripture, Part 1


“I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I have delivered them to you (1 Corinthians. 11:2).  RSV


“Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. (1 Corinthians. 11:2).  KJV



A Franciscan’s Saint of the Day:  St. Francis Borgia (1510-1572)


Today’s saint grew up in an important family in 16th-century Spain, serving in the imperial court and quickly advancing in his career.  But a series of events—including the death of his beloved wife—made Francis Borgia rethink his priorities.  He gave up public life, gave away his possessions and joined the new and little-known Society of Jesus.

Religious life proved to be the right choice.  He felt drawn to spend time in seclusion and prayer, but his administrative talents also made him a natural for other tasks.  He helped in the establishment of what is now the Gregorian University in Rome.  Not long after his ordination he served as political and spiritual adviser to the emperor.  In Spain, he founded a dozen colleges.

At 55, Francis was elected head of the Jesuits.  He focused on the growth of the Society of Jesus, the spiritual preparation of its new members and spreading the faith in many parts of Europe.  He was responsible for the founding of Jesuit missions in Florida, Mexico and Peru.

Francis Borgia is often regarded as the second founder of the Jesuits.  He died in 1572 and was canonized 100 years later.

Patron Saint of: Earthquakes

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 10 & 11 of 26:

10.  United themselves to the redemptive obedience of Jesus, who placed His will into the Father’s hands, let them faithfully fulfill the duties proper to their various circumstances of life.  Let them also follow the poor and crucified Christ, witness to Him even in difficulties and persecutions.   


11.  Trusting the Father, Christ chose for Himself and His mother a poor and humble life, even though He valued created things attentively and lovingly. Let the Secular Franciscans seek a proper spirit of detachment from temporal goods by simplifying their own material needs.  Let them be mindful that according to the gospel they are stewards of the goods received for the benefit of God’s children.

Thus, in the spirit of the Beatitudes, and as pilgrims and strangers on their way to the home of the Father, they should strive to purify their hearts from every tendency and yearning for possession and power




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