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  • Living | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    Create new account Request new password Join our email list First Name Email Address Home Living Gods Healing Touch 10 00 Send this divinely inspired Mass card with a bouquet of flowers on the cover along with God s Healing Touch This Mass offered for the intentions of The name of the person the Mass is for This card sent from Example Mrs Smith or Mom and Dad We ask for shipping info later Health and Healing Living Masses Especially For You 10 00 This beautiful Mass Card will warm the heart of your loved one Inside the card is a beautiful poem that starts This Mass offered for the intentions of The name of the person the Mass is for This card sent from Example Mrs Smith or Mom and Dad We ask for shipping info later Health and Healing Living Individual Masses A Get Well Wish 10 00 A Mass for the health and healing of a loved one This Mass offered for the intentions of The name of the person the Mass is for This card sent from Example Mrs Smith or Mom and Dad We ask for shipping info later Health and Healing Living Masses first

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  • Deceased | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    User login Username Password Create new account Request new password Join our email list First Name Email Address Home Deceased The everlasting pastures of paradise 10 00 Inside this beautiful solemn remembrance is written For the repose of the soul of Please enter the deceased name This card sent from Example Mrs Smith or Mom and Dad We ask for shipping info later Deceased Individual Masses first previous 1 2

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  • Franciscan Spirituality | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    these terms and offered the saint his paw as a sign of the pact I promise that the town will feed you every day I know that what you did you did out of hunger The town promised to do what the saint had bargained and the town adopted the wolf and fed him until the day he died REFLECTION Whether the wolf was real or whether he symbolized il lupo the murderer and thief the story points out the need for the ministry of reconciliation whether by prayer or activity Indeed Francis whole life was marked by peacemaking despite his youthful experiences of war He was a peacemaker amongst the factions of Assisi between sultans kings and bishops as well as wild animals The prayer of reconciliation most people associate with St Francis is make me an instrument of your peace Though this prayer can only be found in twentieth century sources and is therefore not an authentic prayer written by St Francis However it does express most poetically the spirit of Francis life and vision It is without a doubt A Franciscan Peace Prayer So the next time you pray this popular prayer keep in mind Francis invitation to be a reconciler in a world often torn by anger violence and despair CALL TO ACTION Focus on people s good points Tell all with whom you come into contact the good things you see in them Develop a positive approach toward life Compliment more than you criticize Build a climate of trust and support in all your relationships Cooperate with others instead of competing with them Use gentle loving respectful language dealing with others They won t hear your words if you re too busy dodging your sharp tongue Take a genuine interest in the work and activities

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  • Spiritual Practices of St. Francis of Assisi | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    God s creation with the utmost respect taking care of the world God has given mankind to tend His view of the Bible St Francis brought an experiential level to the study of Scripture as well He believed that the Bible should not merely be learned but experienced and lived out He distrusted Biblical scholarship of his times though he was not completely disavowing the study of the Bible One time Francis himself demands the assistance of brothers learned in the Bible and skilled in the use of language and he quoted extensively from Scripture thereby exhibiting his own predilections to the study of the Word However he does consider book learning a real temptation puffing up the mind The Word should be studied but prayer and self sacrifice are the necessary pre conditions for scholarly activity so that each word is received with humility The scholar of Scripture should not seek the knowledge of the Word as an end of itself Instead the Bible should not merely be learned but its commandments should be obeyed Francis writes A man has been killed by the letter when he wants to know quotations only so that people will think he is very learned and he can make money to give to his relatives and friends A religious has been killed by the letter when he has no desire to follow the spirit of Sacred Scripture but wants to know what it says only so that he can explain it to others This is an indictment of much of theological education today The study of the Word must be taken as a spiritual exercise meant for changing the soul for cleansing the heart Theological students today easily forget to pray before studying ignore the application of their homework into their lives and turn their studies into drudgery instead of a spiritual act of worship Though Francis exegetical processes may be in want his heart was absolutely correct The Scripture was not written merely to be learned and spoken about but it is to be lived out in the lives of Christians Ultimately the Scriptures are interpreted through Christian living Rotzetter writes To put it another way Franciscan exegesis takes the risk of venturing into the realm of practical living before everything has been thought out and made safe It makes the experiment of living with and from the gospel and experiences its spiritual character in action Christian freedom and challenge His interpretation of the Bible affected his thinking of his spiritual life He hated legalism and resisted writing specific rules of spiritual living he wanted his friars to live a life of simplicity and humility Not wanting to quench the workings of the Spirit by legalistic trappings he desired instead the spiritual dynamism and freedom which encourages life and imagination Little is explicitly forbidden to the friars Francis responded to some of them who wanted more specific rules and regulations My brothers my brothers God called me to walk in the way of humility and showed me the way of simplicity I do not want to hear any mention of the rule of St Augustine or St Bernard or of St Benedict The Lord has told me that he wanted to make a new fool of me in the world and God does not want to lead us by any other knowledge that that God will use your personal knowledge and your wisdom to confound you On the other hand Francis also observed the Scripture as literally as possible For example Do not worry about tomorrow was taken seriously in a radical manner The brothers instead of putting their beans to soak in warm water the day before they were to be eaten as was the custom they would soak them on the day itself Similarly they did not accept more alms than they could use on a given day Thus Francis lived according to the Word in a radical manner The freedom of Christian grace and the challenge of Christian living were intertwined Instead of falling into the trap of legalism or liberalism Francis finds an excellent medium combining both freedom and challenge He sought the challenge of applying Christian principle to his life yet found freedom in its expression Life of voluntary poverty His literal approach to the Bible caused Francis to live a life of poverty In 1208 his father took him before the local bishop to demand that justice be done he wanted Francis to return his goods Francis without prompting or urging disrobed in front of the bishop saying that he could now say in complete honesty and without reserve Our Father who art in heaven This was the beginning of his avowal of possessions At a mass on February 24 1208 it was made even more clear The words of St Matthew convicted him to the heart Take no gold or silver or copper in your wallet no bag for your journey nor two tunics or sandals or a staff Francis obeyed his calling to absolute poverty wandering through towns and villages to preach the gospel He stressed the adoration of God repentance generosity and the forgiveness of wrongs done to each other He gave his heart out to the poor befriending them and preaching the gospel His main overarching passion was to imitate Christ and his poverty was to be the way of life for Francis Clissold writes Francis passionately believed that the love of material possessions lay at the root of society s ills and of man s estrangement from his maker Property implied the need for arms with which to defend it and led to the struggle for power and prestige and to the chronic warfare which was the scourge of his times But in his self denial Francis did not have a morbid hatred of self that other ascetics often had Though he slept on the ground ate little kept long vigils throughout the night lived in shabby clothing and gave away

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  • Franciscan Friars | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    and Enrollments Donate Now Blogs Forums Contact Franciscan Information Quotes Our Ministries The Secular Franciscan Order SFO User login Username Password Create new account Request new password Join our email list First Name Email Address Home Forums Franciscan Franciscan Friars Login to post new content in the forum Topic Replies Created Last reply Spiritual Enrollments Masses About Us Our Ministries Province History Care 4 Creation Peace and Justice Province Video

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  • User account | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    and Enrollments Donate Now Blogs Forums Contact Franciscan Information Quotes Our Ministries The Secular Franciscan Order SFO Join our email list First Name Email Address Home Create new account Log in Request new password User account Username Enter your The Franciscan Friars TOR username Password Enter the password that accompanies your username Spiritual Enrollments Masses About Us Our Ministries Province History Care 4 Creation Peace and Justice Province Video Donate

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  • Third Order Regular | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    Enrollments Donate Now Blogs Forums Contact Franciscan Information Quotes Our Ministries The Secular Franciscan Order SFO User login Username Password Create new account Request new password Join our email list First Name Email Address Home Forums Franciscan Third Order Regular Login to post new content in the forum Topic Replies Created Last reply Spiritual Enrollments Masses About Us Our Ministries Province History Care 4 Creation Peace and Justice Province Video

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  • Community Gardens | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    Create new account Request new password Join our email list First Name Email Address Home Forums Care for Creation Community Gardens Login to post new content in the forum Topic Replies Created Last reply Spiritual Enrollments Masses About Us Our Ministries Province History Care 4 Creation Peace and Justice Province Video Donate Donate Now Enrollment Cards Masses and Mass Cards Bequests and Legacy Gifts Need for Support Video Recurring Donations

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