Sunday, April 29, 2018

Saturday August 4, 2018
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Rethinking Franciscan
Theology of Creation
Daniel P. Horan, OFM
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St. Vivian Church
7600 Winton Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45224

For more information contact:
Jason McMahon, OFS 

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 I had forgotten that this resource exists and was happy to rediscover it. Please share this information with others.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Franciscan Happiness

Happiness is something we all seek.

St. Francis makes it clear what happiness is.

"All who love the Lord with their whole heart, with their whole soul and mind, with all their strength (cf. Mk 12:30), and love their neighbors as themselves (cf. Mt 22:39) and hate their bodies with their vices and sins, and receive the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and produce worthy fruits of penance.

Oh, how happy and blessed are these men and women when they do these things and persevere in doing them, because "the spirit of the Lord will rest upon them" (cf. Is 11:2) and he will make "his home and dwelling among them" (cf Jn 14:23), and they are the sons of the heavenly Father (cf. Mt 5:45), whose works they do, and they are the spouses, brothers, and mothers of our Lord Jesus Christ (cf. Mt 12:50)."

The above two paragraphs come from the opening lines of the Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order. By the way, the rule of the brothers and sisters of the Third Order Regular (TOR) also includes the two paragraphs.

Of course, St. Francis is not alone in his view of the importance of loving God and neighbor and the positive benefits of doing so. Centuries earlier, St. Augustine wrote: "Virtuous behavior pertains to the love of God and one's neighbor; the truth of faith pertains to a knowledge of God and of one's neighbor. For the hope of everyone lies in his own conscience in so far as he knows himself to be becoming more proficient in the love of God and in his neighbor." (De doct. chr 3:10) St. Augustine thought that the key to happiness was properly ordered love.

Note that St. Francis' understanding of happiness is different from St. Thomas Aquinas's understanding, which is that happiness is the vision of God that the blessed experience in heaven.