Sunday, September 9, 2018

What Are We To Do?

Francis of Assisi lived during the late 12th and early 13th centuries. The Church at that time had many problems. It was a mess.

Soon after his conversion, Francis was praying alone in front of a crucifix in the abandoned chapel of San Damiano, located down the hill from Assisi. Suddenly, Francis heard these words of Christ coming from the cross: “Francis, repair my house, which is falling into ruin.” Francis realized later that it was a much bigger house— the Catholic Church itself—that Christ was asking him to rebuild.

Francis heard the call to rebuild the Church. Particularly in times of scandal, we should follow his lead and do what Franciscans have always done. Rebuild the Church!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Saturday August 4, 2018
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ALL GOD’S CREATURES:
Rethinking Franciscan
Theology of Creation
with 
Daniel P. Horan, OFM
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St. Vivian Church
7600 Winton Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45224

For more information contact:
Jason McMahon, OFS 
513-429-4796

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Sanctify Your Day by Praying the Little Office of the Passion

It has been nearly 10 years since I posted something about the Little Office of the Passion on this blog. The office was written by St. Francis. At that time, I couldn't find anything about it on the Internet. Perhaps I wasn't looking very hard or I can't remember that far back. Could be both. 😀

Regardless, now you can find it on the Internet. It is on Wikipedia, too.  Check it out. Little Office of the Passion. Amazing!

Most versions you will encounter begin with the Our Father prayer, which according to William R. Hugo OFM Cap. is the prayer to use. He wrote Studying the Life of Saint Francis of Assisi: A Beginner's Workbook, which is excellent. Alternatively, you could begin with A Prayer Inspired by the Our Father, which would also be fine. Actually, I prefer it because it helps us understand how Francis views our relationship with God.

Here is a guide for the praying the office. Keep it with the Ritual of the Secular Franciscan Order booklet.

Lent is a particularly good time to pray the Little Office of the Passion.

Here is a link to my brief Commentary on the "Office of the Passion" by St. Francis of Assisi.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Once Again Locating My Favorite Quotes from Francis

Every once in a while, I find myself looking for these two quotes.

"Let us begin, brothers, to serve the Lord our God, for up now we have done little." FA:ED vol. 1, 273 or FA:ED vol. 2, 640.

"I have done what is mine, may Christ teach you yours." FA:ED vol. 2, 642

They are among my favorites. It took me about 30 minutes to find them this time. Now that I have posted them on this blog, it should be a little easier. 😀

Both can be found in Chapter 14, His Patience And Passing in Death, The Major Legends of Saint Francis, St. Bonaventure.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

A Great Resource is Just a Click Away

The foundational documents of the Franciscan tradition, including biographies, letters and other important sources are available online at https://www.franciscantradition.org. I had forgotten that this resource exists and was happy to rediscover it. Please share this information with others.