At our last gathering, we invited Julie Berggren, OFS to lead us in an afternoon of reflection. The heart of this reflection centered on the Walk to Emmaus. (Luke 24:13-35) For our brothers and sisters who were unable to attend, the reflection is provided here so that, while you might not have been with us physically, you can still share in this experience that helped bring our fraternity together in fellowship and love. Continue reading “The Walk to Emmaus”
Trusting in 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 material needs. Let them be mindful that according to the gospel they are stewards of the goods received fore the benefit of God’s children. (OFS Rule, #11)
Phyllis Sadowski shared this video that offers us an opportunity to remind us that we are called to live simply; even in simplicity, God gives us the means to find beauty in the world, and make treasures out of trash.
The minister of the St. Bernardine of Siena Fraternity, Jerry Stecker, OFS, offers a reflection of the Prologue to the OFS Rule. This talk was given at our general gathering in April, and can be downloaded from the Formation page of this site.
After I professed as a Secular Franciscan I thought I knew enough to continue on in my vocation. Yet as time went on I realized I had just scratched the surface in understanding my calling. What does it mean to be a secular in today’s world? How do I live my vocation each day? Continue reading “The Prologue”
The following article is by the secretary of the St. Bernardine of Siena Fraternity, Pat Cetera, OFS.
A hundred years ago on May 13, 1917, as three poor shepherd children (Jacinta, Francisco, Lucia) worked the fields, Our Lady of the Rosary appeared the first time in Fatima, Portugal. During the sixth and final apparition on October 13, 1917, the “Messenger” and the message was authenticated when the sun danced across the sky, and seemed to plummet to earth before returning to its natural home. Unbelievers became believers.
The message was similar to all other messages reaching the world from Our Lord and Our Mother: pray for the conversion of sinners and world peace, perform acts of sacrifice and reparation, be repentant and change our lives.This time, secrets were entrusted and promises were made. Those who embrace the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary (as requested by Jesus) in reparation for all the outrages and blasphemies wounding her deeply, were promised salvation. The daily recitation of the rosary for peace and the conversion of sinners, the Consecration of Russia, and the Five First Saturdays were requested. Unless people honored these requests, there would be punishment because Our Lady could “no longer hold back the arm of her Beloved Son”.
As with our own children, we choose not to hear or obey. Conflicts are still present in distant lands as well as in our own, and extend into our lives and communities. Sin runs rampant everywhere. Morality is difficult to find, or “adjusted” by what we think it should be. Many do pray the rosary daily for peace and the conversion of sinners, yet for the rest of us, “more important things” often keep us from doing what we need to do.
When we participate in the many celebrations to honor Our Blessed Mother during the next few months, let us open our hearts and lives to her, and the message she has given. Pray that all her children obey and heed the warnings. After all, a Mother speaks out of love to teach and protect the children entrusted to her. Our Lady, the Perfect Mother, out of love, is constantly leading us directly to her Son.