Random Thoughts

“The Rule and life of the Secular Franciscan is this: to observe the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ by following the example of Saint Francis of Assisi, who made Christ the inspiration and the center of his life with God and people.” SFO Rule: Article 4

I have ten minutes to create a post for this blog, so here goes!

The Franciscan way of life, both religious and lay, has taken many different forms over the centuries. Different lifestyles, different ways of prayer, different emphasis of mission. But it must all remain rooted in this, the Gospel and the way Francis strove to faithfully live the Gospel!

For a lay Franciscan, this can prove to be a challenge. But in accepting this challenge, he or she enters a blessed way of living. The will be high moments, and low. There will be times of satisfaction, and frustration. But we are not alone in this journey; we will have brothers and sisters here on this earth; and others in heaven, who will encourage us on! The challenge is to get off our duffs and do it.

Saints Francis and Clare, and all Franciscan Saints, pray for us!

Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Hail, O Lady,
holy Queen,
Mary,holy Mother of God,
who are the virgin made church
and who are the one chosen by the most holy
Father in heaven,
whom he consecrated
with his most holy beloved Son
and with the Holy Spirit the Paraclete,
and in whom there has been and is
all the fullness of grace and every good.
Hail, His Palace!
Hail, His Tabernacle!
Hail, His Home!
Hail, His Robe!
Hail, His Handmaid!
Hail, His Mother!
And all you holy virtues,
who
through the grace and illumination of the
Holy Spirit have been poured into the
hearts of the faithful, so that from their
faithless state, you may make them
faithful to God.


The Salutation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
written by St. Francis of Assisi