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Things for franciscans to do

Things for Franciscans to do

Franciscan things to do


Getting carried away with st francis

GETTING CARRIED AWAY WITH ST. FRANCIS

PAX ET BONUM


Daily things for franciscans to do

DailyThings for Franciscans to do

  • Pray the Liturgy of the Hours morning and evening prayer. From page 103 of the Ritual of the Secular Franciscan Order book: According to the SFO (OFS) Rule (art 8), the members of the Secular Franciscan Order are to join in liturgical prayer in one of the forms proposed by the Church, reliving the mysteries of Christ. The following are suggestions regarding how the Secular Franciscans may fulfill this responsibility:

  • Morning and evening prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours, either in common or in private.


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DailyThings for Franciscans to do

  • Liturgy of the Hours- Did you know that there are at least two churches where groups gather daily to pray The Liturgy of the Hours in common? They are: St. John of the Cross in Vero Beach Mon-Fri following the 8:30 a.m. Mass and St. Lucie’s in Port St. Lucie at 8:00 Mon-Sat before the 8:30 a.m. Mass. What about in your church? Why not start a group?

  • Do you know about this website:Divine Office.org ? It’s a wonderful resource. For you smart phone and tablet owners, they have a highly rated paid app.


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DailyThings for Franciscans to do

  • Liturgy of the Hours- One last word about this. There is another good website which offers the Liturgy of the Hours for free: http://www.ibreviary.com/m/breviario.php

  • They also have a freeapp for smart phone and tablet owners that has the Liturgy of the Hours, the Mass, and many other good things to help you with your prayer life.

  • BTW-The site is run by Franciscan Friars!!!


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DailyThings for Franciscans to do

  • Go to daily Mass

  • From St. Francis Letter to All the Faithful

    All those who love the Lord with their whole heart, with their whole

    soul and mind, with their whole strength… and receive the Body

    and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and produce worthy fruits of

    Penance…


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DailyThings for Franciscans to do

  • Go to daily Mass. From Bl. Thomas of Celano’s Second life of St. Francis Chapter CLII

  • [201] Francis burned with a love that came from his whole being for the sacrament of the Lord’s body, and he was carried away with wonder at the loving condescension and the most condescending love shown there. NOT TO HEAR AT LEAST ONE MASS EACH DAY, IF HE COULD BE THERE, HE CONSIDERED NO SMALL CONTEMPT. He frequently received Holy Communion, and he did so with such devotion that he made others also devout.

  • (Emphasis mine)


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DailyThings for Franciscans to do

  • Engage in corporal or spiritual works of mercy. The corporal works are:

  • To feed the hungryTo give drink to the thirsty To clothe the naked To shelter the homeless To visit the sick To visit the imprisoned To bury the dead


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DailyThings for Franciscans to do

  • Engage in corporal or spiritual works of mercy. The spiritual works are:

    To counsel the doubtfulTo instruct the ignorantTo admonish the sinnerTo comfort the sorrowfulTo forgive all injuriesTo bear wrongs patientlyTo pray for the living and the dead


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DailyThings for Franciscans to do

  • Do penance. St. Francis called us the Brothers and Sisters in Penance and exhorted us to produce worthy fruits of penance.

  • Penance is to feel remorse for sins or failings and to make atonement for them. This could include doing, or refraining from doing, certain actions. It means daily conversion.

  • St. Francis said: Blessed are those who die in penance, for they shall be in the Kingdom of heaven. He also said concerning those who do not do penance: These are blind…they know and do bad things and knowingly destroy their souls.


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DailyThings for Franciscans to do

  • Pray, Pray, Pray

  • For his safest haven was prayer; not prayer of a single moment, or idle or presumptuous prayer, but prayer of long duration, full of devotion, serene in humility.

  • From Bl. Celano’s First Life of St. Francis, Chapter XXVII [71]


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DailyThings for Franciscans to do

  • Wear the Tau Cross


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DailyThings for Franciscans to do

  • Do you talk to your father-your Seraphic father? Pray to him everyday and ask for his help and guidance. You have accepted the invitation to be part of his family, so why aren’t you talking to him?

    You don’t have to go to Rome or Assisi to talk to him.


Monthly or more often things for franciscans to do frequently

Monthly or more oftenThings for Franciscans to do frequently

  • Receive the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation

  • Do you know the confession times in your

  • parish? Do you make time to receive the sac-

  • rament?

  • You and I are going to die the same way-in between

  • confessions- so try to make them more frequent.

    Fr. Raymond Oosdyke OFM conv.


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Monthly or more oftenThings for Franciscans to do frequently

  • Receive the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation

  • Did you know that you can call your parish-

    office and make an appointment if you are

    unable to get to confession at the regularly

    scheduled times?

    No excuses!


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Monthly or more oftenThings for Franciscans to do frequently

  • Live out the Franciscan charism in fraternity with other Franciscans

  • The monthly meeting should be given primacy of importance in your Franciscan life. From the Preface of the Franciscan Ritual:

    [Secular Franciscans] They promise to follow Jesus Christ and to live the gospel in fraternity by entering the Secular Franciscan Order. The Secular Franciscans, gathered together in fraternity and in oneness of spirit with all the People of God…

    (emphasis mine)


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Monthly or more oftenThings for Franciscans to do frequently

  • Receive spiritual direction.

  • Many people receive spiritual direction in confession. You can also read a book such as Padre Pio’s Letter’s to his Spiritual Children.


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Monthly or more oftenThings for Franciscans to do frequently

  • Read the Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order

  • Secular Franciscans should devote themselves especially

    to careful reading of the gospel, going from gospel to life and

    life to the gospel.


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Monthly or more oftenThings for Franciscans to do frequently

  • Do spiritual reading or read spiritually such as reading Scripture using Lectio Divina

  • The amount of books on and about Franciscans (saints, spirituality, etc.) is staggering. Seek and you shall find. There’s sure to be something that will interest you.


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Monthly or more oftenThings for Franciscans to do frequently

  • Spend an hour in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

  • Do you know when and where this kind of adoration is

    available in your area?

  • You can spend an hour in adoration even before a

    closed tabernacle. The Venerable Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

    spent an hour this way everyday.


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Monthly or more oftenThings for Franciscans to do frequently

And these most holy mysteries I wish to have honored above all things and to be reverenced and to have them reserved in precious places.

St. Francis of Assisi


Franciscan things to do

Franciscan things to do

  • Wear the Tau Cross. Do you know the history of the Tau Cross? It’s quite fascinating and goes back to the prophet Ezekiel. Learn about it here: A Brief History of the Tau Cross

  • Is this a Franciscan saint wearing the Tau Cross?


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Franciscan things to do

  • Pray the Office of the Passion

  • You will find the main part of the prayers and readings in

    The Ritual of the Franciscan Order book on pages 82-90.


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Franciscan things to do

  • Pray the office of the Twelve Our Father’s

  • Our brother Fred has an online version here: The Liturgical Office of the Twelve Our Fathers


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Franciscan things to do

  • Pray the Way of the Cross especially on Fridays during or outside of Lent

  • The Prayer Before the Crucifix

    Most High, glorious God,

    Enlighten the darkness of my heart

    And give me, Lord, a correct faith,

    Certain hope, a perfect charity,

    Sense and knowledge, so that I may carry out Your holy and true command.


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Franciscan things to do

  • Pray the Franciscan Crown rosary

  • Pray the Three Hail Marys

  • Pray the Angelus


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Franciscan things to do

  • Participate in the Transitus

  • This ritual is held the evening before

    St. Francis’ feast day on October 4. It

    commemorates his passing into eternal life by using readings describing his death interspersed with readings from the Gospel. It is held in churches or areas where there are Franciscans. It is currently held in St. Lucie’s Church in Port St. Lucie.


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Franciscan things to do

  • Put up a Nativity scene during Advent and leave it up until January 6th.


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Franciscan things to do

  • Say this prayer of St. Francis every time you see or enter a church:

  • We adore You, Our Most Holy Lord, Jesus Christ, in all Your churches which are in the world, and we bless You, because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world


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Franciscan things to do

  • Study and pray the other prayers St. Francis wrote and recommended such as:

  • The Salutation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (pages 77-78 in the Ritual book)

  • The Salutation of the Virtues (pages 78-79)

  • The Canticle of Brother Sun (pages 81-82)

  • The Prayer Inspired by the Our Father (101-102)


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Franciscan things to do

  • Go to a Franciscan church or place of pilgrimage to receive The Pardon of Assisi in or around August 2nd.

  • St. Lucie’s church in Port St. Lucie is the place in our area where you can receive this privilege.


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Franciscan things to do

  • For a long explanation of The Pardon of Assisi, read these articles: Franciscan Friars T.O.R. - Portiuncula Indulgence


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Franciscan things to do

  • Read a life of St. Francis or read about him. Our fraternity library has some books. Here are just a few others:


Things this franciscan likes to do

Things this Franciscan likes to do

  • Contemplate the Lord in the beauty of Florida’s natural surroundings


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Things this Franciscan likes to do

  • Read and study the lives of Franciscan saints.

  • Enjoy religious art and iconography.

  • A movie I have found to be very true to the spirit of St. Francis is The Flowers of St. Francis, a 1950 film directed by Roberto Rossellini and co-written by Federico Fellini


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Things this Franciscan likes to do

  • Keep holy reminders in your home, i.e. icons, statues, holy pictures, crucifixes, etc.

  • Offer a fresh flower or flowers to your statues or images of the Blessed Mother (St. Leopoldo Mandic always offered fresh flowers to our Lady)

  • Give holy reminders as gifts especially as wedding presents or to lapsed relatives. Many wonderful and inexpensive religious books and holy reminders are available in thrift stores.


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Things this Franciscan likes to do

  • Go on pilgrimage to shrines. Go see the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama


He always most devoutly announced to men and women to all he met and overtook

He always most devoutly announced…to men and women, to all he met and overtook:

The Lord Give You Peace


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