12 Weeks of Franciscan Peace
Greetings, dear Franciscan Family!
Buona Festa! Blessed Feast Day! (A few days early!)
As we meditate on this most holy of days for our Franciscan family, let us reflect on the gospel virtue of humility. I share with you this thought from Franciscans for Justice:
“Francis of Assisi was poor only that he might be Christ-like. He recognized creation as another manifestation of the beauty of God. In 1979, he was named patron of ecology. He did great penance – apologizing to “Brother Body” later in life – that he might be totally disciplined for the will of God. Francis’ poverty had a sister, Humility, by which he meant total dependence on the good God. But all this was, as it were, preliminary to the heart of his spirituality: living the gospel life, summed up in the charity of Jesus and perfectly expressed in the Eucharist.” [source: Franciscan Media]
Take time this week to (re)discover the definition of "humility" that rings true for
you. Why not take some special actions this Friday that express Humility – as a way of celebrating the Feast Day of St.. Francis. (Of course, you don't have to wait until Friday!)
A few examples to help you:
· Stop talking. One way to practice humility is to spend more time listening than you do talking...
· Admit when you're wrong...
· Go last...
· Give compliments...
· Plant some seeds for winter vegetables...
· Write a politician about a concern you have...
You may want to share with your family or fraternity… or me (ctownes26 @ gmail.com).
Attached is also the 12 Weeks of Franciscan Peace. Pray it with your family or fraternity. I am so blessed and edified by the wonderful shares from those who have been using these prayers and reflections. Keep them coming!
Thank you for your love and commitment to living the Gospel of peace in humility.
Have a happy and blessed Feast Day!
Lenten Season of Peace
Carolyn D. Townes, OFS
Creator and Animator
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A Gift of a New
by Fred Schaeffer, OFS 2019
Secular Franciscan Order
Ordo Franciscanus Sæcularis
Divine Mercy Fraternity
Vero Beach, FL
Term expires: 2/10/2022
Fred Schaeffer, OFS
Helen Caldarone, OFS
Mary "Jean" McGovern, OFS
Jack Reddy, OFS
Donna Haro, OFS
Joanne Giordano, OFS
Fred Schaeffer, OFS
Five Franciscan Martyrs