What a wonderful Gift to humanity, to know that the Father will love us till the end. This is a sign of his boundless love. It is the total gift of Himself, his death on a cross, for us, to redeem us. Jesus wanted us to know about the Father's love for us, before he returned to the Father. His Father had sent him, his only Son, to take on the humanity of us all, to save the world, and as we continue to celebrate Holy Week, we will learn that the reason for Jesus' humanity will soon be consummated.

"At the Mass of the Last Supper, we find Jesus and the Apostles sitting at table, and as the meal begins they still have no idea what is about to happen, the following day. Remember, the apostles were fishermen, for the most part. They did not have any education except that they knew about boats and nets. "Before celebrating this last meal with his disciples, his followers, Jesus washed their feet. This is an act normally done by a servant, but Jesus wanted to impress upon the Apostles' minds a sense of what was about to take place" (from Holy Thursday homily of Pope St. John Paul II, 2004)

 "Indeed, his passion and death constitute the fundamental loving service through which the Son of God set humanity free from sin. At the same time, Christ's passion and death reveal the profound meaning of the new commandment that he entrusted to the Apostles: "even as I have loved you, that you also love one another" (Jn 13: 34). (Ibid)

 "Do this in remembrance of me" (I Cor 11: 24, 25), he said twice as he distributed the bread that had become his Body and the wine that had become his Blood. "I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you (Jn 13: 15), he had said a little earlier after washing the Apostles' feet. Christians, therefore, know that they must "remember" their Teacher by the reciprocal charitable service of "washing one another's feet". In particular, they know that they should remember Jesus by reliving the "memorial" of the Supper with the bread and wine consecrated by the minister who repeats over them the words which Christ spoke on that occasion. This is what began to shape the Christian community from the outset, as we have heard Paul testify: "As often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes" (I Cor 11: 26)". (Ibid)



Secular Franciscan Order
Ordo Franciscanus Sæcularis

Divine Mercy Fraternity

Vero Beach, FL


Officers as of 1/10/2016


Fred Schaeffer, OFS
Helen Caldarone, OFS
Mary "Jean" McGovern, OFS
Jack Reddy, OFS

Formation Director: 
Donna Haro, OFS


 Joanne Giordano, OFS


Fred Schaeffer, OFS

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