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Let brotherly love continue.  Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

Hebrews 13:1-2

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The Secular Franciscan Order

The Secular Franciscan Order, or SFO, gives the religious life to Catholic men and women who cannot leave home and family for monastery, seminary or convent.  It offers to people of all occupation and conditions a Rule that makes their life rich and peaceful by centering it on God.  Secular Franciscans profess the Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order, to “follow Christ in the footsteps of Francis of Assisi” (Rule, Article 1),  preaching the Gospel…using words when necessary.   It fills them with the charity of St. Francis, engaging them in apostolic work, which flows out into the community, offering help and comfort to those in need.

Individual Secular Franciscans gather in local fraternities to share fellowship, pray, witness to one another and grow in the knowledge of the Lord increasing their Faith.  The local fraternities in the United States are organized into Regions.  Queen of Peace Region under the patronage of our Blessed Mother Mary, whose feast we celebrate on December 8th, includes North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota and the western section of Wisconsin.

From the days of its founding, the Secular Franciscan Order of St. Francis of Assisi has been the inspiration not only of the poor and the humble, but also of some of history’s towering geniuses.  It has developed the spirit of St. Francis in outstanding men like the artists Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Murillo; musicians such as Palestrina, Liszt and Gounod; explorers like Christopher Columbus; the writers Dante, Cervantes, Johannes, Jorgensen and Francis Thompson; such scientists as Galileo, Galvani, and Volta.

"Oh, what a joy to walk with the Lord as St. Francis did.  May you hear the call and experience the peace of Franciscan life".

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St. Francis of Assisi Founder of the Franciscan Order - Feast Day Oct. 4th

 

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St. Francis of Assisi…

“A Simple Man”

 

This is the story of a great man, a wonderful and simple man. He died over 800 years ago, but he has never been forgotten and he never will be. Great men by the thousands have lived and died…kings and conquerors and millionaires, artists, musicians and scholars. But this man was a beggar, and he is remembered better than any of the others. And loved as none of them was ever loved.

It was not always that way with him. There was a time when his best friends touched their finger to their forehead when they mentioned his name. Children threw rocks at him. But he had set out on a high adventure, and he kept going. People stopped laughing. There was something about the way he looked at each man, something about the way he spoke. Birds flew down to perch on his shoulders as he talked, and a wolf came once to crouch at his feet. Nature lay quiet under this man’s touch, as she had done for Adam when he walked with God under the trees of Paradise, before the serpent came.

 

The world stood back in wonder. This little man had no money but he acted as if he were richer than a millionaire. His body was scarred and racked with pain, but he sang sweeter than any lark. He smiled as he dined with a prince; he laughed as he shared his last crust with a leper. Somehow he had learned to love everything that lived. And everything loved him. He had a secret worth knowing…and the world has been learning it from him ever since.

“The Hour of St. Francis”-1955


 

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St. Clare of Assisi
Foundress of the Order of Poor Clare Nuns
Feast Day - August 11
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St Francis of Assisi
Founder of the Franciscan Order
Feast Day - (Solemnity) Oct. 4
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St Elizabeth of Hungary
Patroness of the Third Order
Feast Day - Nov 17

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Sr. Mary Lou Eltgroth, OSF Regional Spiritual Assistant

Joy & Blessing
All who love the Lord with their whole heart, with their whole soul and mind, and 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 Jesus Christ, and produce worthy fruits of penance.

Oh, how happy and blessed are those 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 home “His home and dwelling among them” (cf. Jn. 14:23), and they are the sons (and daughters) 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 first two paragraphs of the Prologue of the SFO Rule)

These are St. Francis’ words to us as to how we are encouraged to live our lives and find the joy and blessing that St. Francis gives to all Franciscans at the end of the 26 articles of the Rule:  “May whoever observes all this be filled in heaven with the blessing of the Most High Father, and on earth with that of His Beloved Son, together with the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.”

Our goal in life is to praise and love God with all that we are and have and to be in heaven with God at the end of our lives.  In this process we don’t always feel joy and happiness and we sometimes run into bumps in the road.  But our will to serve the Lord is with us in these hard times. Brother Leo asked Francis what was perfect joy.  And we all know the answer. (It can be found in the Ritual on pages 79-80.)

It is our attitude that determines whether an event will make us bitter or better.  May we have a positive attitude that helps us see God’s Providential Care in our personal lives.  Then we can have the joy that is meant for us.  The scripture reading the past days have been about Joseph, sold into slavery in Egypt.  But the outcome was so that Joseph could provide for the needs of his family at alater date.  May we remember that God is in charge…always and at all times.

Peace and blessings                                                                                                                                                             
Sr. Mary Lou 

 

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Mary, Undoer of Knots

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 Prayer to ‘Mary, Undoer of Knots’

 

 

All: Holy Mary, full of the presence of God, during your life you accepted with great humility the holy will of the father and the legacy of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, and evil never dared to entangle you with its confusion.  Since then you have interceded for all of our difficulties as you did at the wedding feast of Cana.  With all simplicity and with patience, you have given us an example of how to untangle the knots in our complicated lives.  By being our mother forever you arrange and make clear the path that unites us to our Lord.

Holy Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, with your 
maternal heart, untie the knots that upset our lives. We ask you to
receive into your hands the knots in our lives and 
deliver us from the chains and confusion that restrain us. Blessed Virgin Mary, through your grace, your intercession and by your example, deliver us from evil, and undo the knots that keep us from being united to God.   So that free of all confusion and error, we may find him in all things, keep him in our hearts, and serve him always in our brothers and sisters. Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for us.  Amen.

 

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Joy

When Franciscans think of Joy, they usually think of "Perfect Joy", which is anything but in most instances. My most recent Perfect Joy moment came after a wonderful retreat in Hankinson, N.D.  Two fraternities (Immaculate Heart and St. Anthony of Padua, Browns Valley, MN) came together for the retreat. There was a profession of two candidates.  After the retreat, I was on my way home when I came up on the detour.   Now I had encountered the detour on the way to ND and was aware of its length (11 miles).   I negotiated it without trouble.  On the way back to MN, I negotiated the detour. When it was time to get back on the main road, I ignored the GPS which tried to get me to turn left.  The other drivers were turning left. I insisted on going right. The GPS kept trying to get me back on the right road. It took 28 miles before I realized that maybe I should have turned left way back when I was first told to do so.

Christians, and yes, Franciscans can be just as stubborn in their Faith life when we think we know best. Never mind that the GOD (POSITIONING SYSTEM) knows best, whether we agree with the result.  Once I made peace with my "Perfect Joy" moment, I gave thanks to God for finally getting me on the right road, just in time to encounter another construction project.   That was another "Perfect Joy"moment that didn't upset me at all. I knew I was on the right road, no matter the obstacles that I was going to encounter.   Enjoy your Perfect Joy....Think of it as a correction, which will bring you ultimate Joy.