The Memorial of Saint Francis 2022
As I have stated before in Homilies and even gave a retreat on this topic last Fall, as I was going through Chemo at Fr. Meyer’s, I came across a collection of all the encyclicals of Pope Leo XIII and was struck particularly by his encyclical on the Saint we celebrate today…Saint Francis. It is actually titled in English “On Saint Francis”
Just a few quotes from the encyclical:
11. “amidst the effeminacy of the time, Francis is seen to go about careless and roughly clad, begging his food from door to door, not only enduring what is generally deemed most hard to bear, the senseless ridicule of the crowd, but even to welcome it with a wondrous readiness and pleasure.”
23. “you well know, venerable brethren, that no small alleviation is to be found in the institutes of St. Francis, if only they are brought back to their pristine state; for if they only were in a flourishing condition, faith and piety, and every Christian virtue would easily flourish; the lawless desire for perishing things would be broken; nor would men refuse to have their desires ruled by virtue”
25. “We have always bestowed special care upon the Third Order of St. Francis…We exhort Christian men not to refuse to enroll themselves in this sacred army of Jesus Christ…(may you) strive to imitate (St. Francis)…Therefore take pains that the people may become acquainted with the Third Order and truly esteem it; provide that those who have the care of souls teach what it is,
how easily anyone may enter it,
with how great privileges tending to salvation it abounds,
and what advantages, public and private, it promises.”
That is why I am pursuing the Third Order Franciscans. The plan is for me to make my promises in November. Please pray for me, and I invite anyone who feels called to discern the 3rd order of St. Francis to pursue it as well. There is a fraternity in Bloomington, there is a fraternity in Terre Haute.
St. Francis, pray for us.
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