Our next Regular Meeting is on Sun., September 11th, 2016. We meet at 2:00 PM. South Room, St. Helen Parish in Vero Beach, Florida. Meeting ends at 4PM.
Aug 25 - St. Louis IX, King of France 1215-1270
Patron of the Secular Franciscan Order
King St. Louis was born in the castle at Poissy near Paris on April 25, 1215. His devout mother, Blanche, was determined that he should be educated not only for the earthly kingdom he was to govern, but still more for the kingdom of heaven. She accustomed him to look upon all things in the light of faith, and thus laid the foundation for that humility in good fortune and endurance in misfortune which characterized the holy king. more
This month’s JPIC message is one of encouragement that is given to us by the Second Vatican Council in the pastoral constitution on the Church in the Modern World. Take joy in knowing that our efforts in working for Peace and Justice will one day be rewarded.
“We do not know the time when earth and humanity will reach their completion, nor do we know the way in which the universe will be transformed. The world as we see it, disfigured by sin, is passing away. But we are sure that God is preparing a new dwelling place and a new home, and happiness will satisfy, and more than satisfy, all yearnings for peace that arise in human hearts. On that day, when death is conquered, the sons of God will be raised up in Christ; what was sown as something weak and perishable will be clothed in incorruption. Love and the fruits of love will remain, and the whole of creation, made by God for many, will be set free from the frustration that enslaves it.
We are warned indeed that a man gains nothing if he wins the whole world at the cost of himself. Yet our hope in a new earth should not weaken, but rather stimulate our concern for developing this earth, for on it there is growing up the body of a new human family, a body even now able to provide some foreshadowing of the new age. Hence, though earthly progress is to be distinguished from the growth of Christ’s kingdom, yet in so far as it can help toward the better ordering of human society it is of great importance to the kingdom of God.
The blessings of human dignity, brotherly communion and freedom – all the good fruits on earth of man’s co-operation with nature in the Spirit of the Lord and according to His command – will be found again in the world to come, but purified of all stain, resplendent and transfigured, when Christ hands over to the Father an eternal and everlasting kingdom: “a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love and peace.” On this earth the kingdom is already present in sign; when the Lord comes it will reach its completion.” /(Andy Buchleitner) 8/23/2016
Note: I'm trying to add a section for old (archive) reflections that come from my old website, under Archive. If I do a couple each day, it may still take a long time, but you can look at it in the meantime. Fred S., Webmaster
Regional Minister's spoken messages are found on home page of Regional Website
Officers as of 1/10/2016
Fred Schaeffer, OFS
Helen Caldarone, OFS
Mary "Jean" McGovern, OFS
Eugene Caldarone, OFS
Donna Haro, OFS
Councillors at Large:
Ed O'Donnell, OFS
Jack Reddy, OFS