Fr. Francis’ Greetings – March, 2015

March 2015

Dear Spiritual Children of St. Francis of Assisi,

The Lord give you His peace!

For what profit comes to a man from all the toil and anxiety of heart with which he has labored?… All his days are sorrow and grief are his occupation. (Ecclesiastes 2:22-23) Even the plebeian suffered the same as the king. (Wisdom18:11) Come, all you who pass by the way, look and see whether there is any suffering like my suffering. (Lamentations 1:12) Why does Sacred Scripture deal with suffering and sorrow so much? The easiest response is the obvious fact: Suffering
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Fr. Francis’ Reflections – March, 2015

March 2015

Embrace the poor Christ.

Look upon Him Who became contemptible for you,

and follow Him, making yourself contemptible in this world for Him.

… gaze, consider, contemplate desiring to imitate …

‘Who though more beautiful than the children of men became,

for your salvation, the lowest of men’,

was despised, struck, scourged untold times throughout His entire body,

and then died amid the suffering of the Cross,

(St. Clare of Assisi, The second Letter to St. Agnes
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Thoughts From Your Regional Formation Director, March, 2015

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Peace and all good to you!

It is said that father Francis who, when in prison, started his conversion, took the words of the Gospel of Mark 6:7-13 literally. Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick – no food, no sack, no money for their belts.

St. Francis took the Lenten season very seriously, as we read in Chapter 7 The Little Flowers of Francis of Assisi, a new translation
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