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Franciscan Things

The Wisdom of the Cross

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

The spiritual victory of the church has always been proportionate to her application of the wisdom of the cross. Whenever her members have depended on worldly wisdom, they have failed spiritually. When they have acted on the wisdom of the cross, they have marked up one victory after another. This is vividly illustrated in the Saints, who have chosen poverty rather than riches, humiliation rather than honor, self denial rather than pleasure, death rather than a life characterized by betrayal of God and His truth.

None but unbelievers would question the victory that the Saints have achieved through the application of the wisdom of the cross. Their triumph is decisive and eternal. If the evil forces of injustice and hate have had a series of passing victories, it has been because the cross has been ignored as the symbol of divine wisdom, justice, and love. 

The essential fact about the cross is brought out by St. Paul when he says that Christ was obedient, even to death on a cross. Thus on Calvary, our divine Master was exemplifying the one teaching that summed up his whole doctrine: that the entire purpose of life on earth is to carry out God’s will.

Here Mary could not have better fulfilled her role as co-teacher. The supreme achievement of Christ was the saving of the human race from eternal doom by means of His redeeming cross. As His cooperator par excellence in this tremendous work, His Mother shared in His achievement. So important and intimate was Mary’s participation in the saving of mankind from eternal perdition that the church has never hesitated to give her the title of co-Redemptrix. 

(And yet) The passion of Christ, without His resurrection, would have availed us nothing. St. Paul make this evident when he says “And if Christ is not risen, vein is your faith, for you are still in your sins.” Nothing could show better than these words how important for our understanding of the faith, and our spiritual progress, is the association in our thinking of our Lord’s death and resurrection. All this is paramount for a growth in the virtue of hope, a virtue which, along with faith and love, is necessary for salvation.  

+Fr. Bertrand Weaver C.P.

St. Louis the King: Patron of Franciscan Tertiaries

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

St. Louis, King of France (1214-1270)   Feast Day is August 25th

from a spiritual testament by King Saint Louis IX to his son:

My dearest son, my first instruction is that you should love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your strength. Without this there is no salvation. Keep yourself, my son, from everything that you know displeases God, that is to say, from every mortal sin. You should permit yourself to be tormented by every kind of martyrdom before you would allow yourself to commit a mortal sin. If the Lord has permitted you to have some trial, bear it willingly and with gratitude, considering that it has happened for your good and that perhaps you well deserved it.

If the Lord bestows upon you any kind of prosperity, thank him humbly and see that you become no worse for it, either though vain pride or anything else, because you ought not to oppose God or offend him in the matter of his gifts. Be kindhearted to the poor, the unfortunate and the afflicted. Give them as much help and consolation as you can.

Thank God for all the benefits he has bestowed upon you, that you may be worthy to receive greater. Always side with the poor rather than with the rich, until you are certain of the truth. Be devout and obedient to our mother the Church of Rome and the Supreme Pontiff as your spiritual father.

In conclusion, dearest son, I give you every blessing that a loving father can give a son. May the three Persons of the Holy Trinity and all the saints protect you from every evil.  And may the Lord give you the grace to do his will so that he may be served and honored through you, that in the next life we may together come to see him, love him and praise him unceasingly. Amen

The Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

One Minute Meditation

You are glorious, Mother, and most worthy of praise in the City of our God and in the Church of His elect. 

You were assumed into heaven accompanied by angelic choirs, borne up by archangels and crowned with glory. 

Have pity on us, Queen of glory and honor, and keep our souls from all danger.   As our prayer rises up to your throne, hear our humble pleas.

 +St. Bonaventure

St. Maximilian writes about The Immaculate

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

“My dear little children, when it comes to the Immaculate, we do not think about ‘small parts’ or ‘fractions’ but we rather run a race all together and, by doing so, every increase in love for her in one of us will produce an even greater increase of love in the others. Our heart is so small, so weak: we never offer her the love with which she is worthy, the loves with which she loves us…
An unlimited love for the Immaculate, what does that mean? The Immaculate is so united to God through love that she rises not only above all saints, but also above the angels, the cherubim and seraphim. Therefore an unlimited love towards the Immaculate raises us up to her and joins us to her through love…
What is the Immaculate’s unlimited love? Since she is very close to God, and we are very close to her, consequently, we are very close to God Himself through her. God has give us this white stairway and He wants us to reach Him by climbing it, or rather that she, after having clasped us to her maternal heart, may lead us to Him.


A Prayer to St. Clare

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

One Minute Meditation

O glorious Saint Clare!

God has given you the power of working miracles continually, and the favor of answering the prayers of those who invoke your assistance in misfortune, anxiety, and distress; we beseech you, obtain for us from Jesus, through Mary, His Blessed Mother, what we beg of you so fervently and hopefully, if it be for the greater honor and glory of God and for the good of our souls.

Saint Clare Pray For Us


Aug 02 – Homily – Fr Andre: Our Lady Queen of the Angels

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
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Homily #150802a ( 09min) Play – This is a reflection given by Fr. Andre M. Feain on the readings for the Franciscan Solemnity of Our Lady of the Angels of Portiuncula, August 2nd 2015.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Our Lady of the Angels of Portiuncula – Feast – Form: OF
1st: sir 24:1-4, 16, 22-24
Resp: psa 34:5, 7, 9-10, 18-19
2nd: gal 4:3-7
Gsp: luk 1:26-33

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Jul 27 – Homily – Fr Joachim: Penance or Hell

Monday, July 27th, 2015
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Homily #150727n ( 04min) Play – Blessed Mary Magdalene of Martinengo was a noble woman who became a Poor Clare at seventeen. However, even as a child she delighted in penance and austerity out of love for Jesus. Jesus tells us that we cannot expect to save our souls unless we do penance in this life (Luke 13:3). As it said above the front door of the friary where Padre Pio did his novitiate: Penance or Hell.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Bl. Mary Magdalene of Martinengo – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: Monday 17th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: exo 32:15-24, 30-34
Resp: psa 106:19-20, 21-22, 23
Gsp: mat 13:31-35

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The Glory of Jesus’ Humanity

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

When Christ decided to give site to a man blind from birth, He placed mud on the man’s eyes, an action that was much more suited to blinding those who see then to giving sight to the blind who could not see. So, too, the passion and death of Christ was more likely to destroy the faith of those who believed that He was the only begotten son of God, as was clear in the case of the apostles and disciples, then to command faith to nonbelievers. And yet He says: “when I lifted up from the earth, I will draw all to Myself.” (Jn 12:32) 

…After the cross, after the suffering, after the disgraceful, shameful, repulsive death of the cross, I shall turn the world to faith in Me, so that the world will believe that I am the Son of God, the true Messiah…

We see with other clarity that this is what has happened. Christ came into this world to do battle against satan, to do away with idolatry, and return the world to faith and piety and the worship of the true God. He could have accomplish this by using the weapons of His might and coming as He will come to judge in glory and majesty just as He manifested himself and His Transfiguration. Who would not then had believed in Christ? 

But in order that His victory might be more glorious, He willed to fight satan in our weak flesh. It is as if an unarmed man, right hand bound, where to fight with his left hand alone against a powerful army; if he emerged victorious, his victory would be regarded as all the more glorious. So Christ conquered satan with the right hand of His divinity bound and using against him only the left hand of His weak humanity.

St. Lawrence of Brindisi  (Doctor of the Church, Feast Day is July 21st)

Jul 15 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: The Wisdom of the Saints

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
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Homily #150715n ( 06min) Play – Father Maximilian speaks of St. Bonaventure and the “Wisdom of the Saints.”
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Bonaventure – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday 15th Week of Ordinary Time
1st: exo 3:1-6, 9-12
Resp: psa 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7
Gsp: mat 11:25-27

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A Prayer to Our Lady from St. Bonaventure

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

 I shall call upon you, Mother of God, and you will hear me; your praises will gladden my heart. I have called to you in trouble, and you have heard me at your throne in heaven. Take up my cause, Mother, for I have departed from my innocence; but because I have hoped in you, I shall not lose my soul.

To you, Mother, have I pleaded after having wandered from God, and I was saved by the power of your intercession. In you, Mother, I place all my hope, because of your most loving compassion.  

Into your hands I entrust my souls and body, my whole life and the hour of my death. Intercede for us, Mother of God and Mediatrix, who have brought salvation to mankind.

St. Bonaventure (Franciscan Doctor of the Church, Feast Day July 15th)

St. Thomas More: Franciscan Martyr

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Sir Thomas More would not compromise on two tenets of the Catholic faith: the primacy of the papacy and the dignity of marriage.  When imprisoned before his martyrdom, he would write. The following are just a few quotes from these writings, particularly from a book called “A Dialogue of Comfort against Tribulation”:

Now those without patience can have no reward for their pain, but when pain is patiently taken for God’s sake, and the sufferer’s will is conformed to God’s pleasure, God regards the sufferer in proportion to the pain. But never have I found any place in Scripture where Our Lord promised a wealthy person, even if that person did thank God for his gifts, any reward in heaven for having taken his ease and pleasure here. (“We do not go to heaven in featherbeds”)…in Scripture much commends tribulation as a more profitable circumstance than wealth and prosperity.

We shall consider tribulation a gracious gift from God, a gift that He specially gives His special friends…if God does not send it, people need to seek out and put upon themselves by penance, a thing that helps purge our past sins; a think that preserves us from sins that we would otherwise commit; a thing that causes us to attach less importance to the world; a thin that incites us to draw closer to God; a thing that greatly diminishes our pains in purgatory; a thing that greatly increases our final reward in Heaven…if we reflect on these things and remember them well, we shall not murmur or complain in a time of tribulation. Instead we shall first of all take our pain patiently and see it as something of worth.  And then we shall realize that God has sent if for our own good and so be moved to thank God for it.  As a consequence, our grace shall increase and God shall give us the comfort of realizing that He is, in the midst of our trouble, always close. (more…)

Immaculate Heart of Mary: Pray for Us!

Saturday, June 13th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

(June 13: Feast of St. Anthony of Padua and also the Immaculate Heart of Mary this year)

And as the moon at its full she shines. The blessed Mary is said to be the full moon, because in every way perfect. The moon is imperfect when a half-moon, because it is stained or horned. But the glorious Virgin neither in Her birth had any stain, because sanctified in Her mother’s womb, guarded by angels, nor in Her days had She the horns of pride. Hence, She shone fully and perfectly. She is said to be light because She dispels the darkness.

We beseech You, our Lady, that You who are the morning star, cast out the cloud of diabolical suggestion shrouding the land of our minds; that You who are the full moon fill our emptiness, dispel the darkness of our sins, that we might merit to come to the fullness of eternal life, to the light of unending glory. May He grant this who made You our light… To Him be the glory and honor for ever. Amen.

St. Anthony of Padua

May 20 – Homily – Fr Maximilian W: In Jesus’ Name

Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
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Homily #150520n ( 04min) Play – Father Maximilian tells that today’s liturgy reflects one of St. Bernardine’s favorite topics to preach on: the Holy Name of Jesus.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Bernardine of Siena – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: Wednesday 7th Week of Easter
1st: act 20:28-38
Resp: psa 68:29-30, 33-35, 35-36
Gsp: joh 17:11-19

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Meditation on Our Lady from St. Bernardine of Siena

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015


Ave Maria Meditations

“From the fact of there being no mention made in the Gospel of the visit wherewith Christ consoled His Mother after His Resurrection, we are not to conclude that this most merciful Jesus, the source of all grace and consolation, Who was so anxious to gladden His disciples by His presence, forgot His Mother, Who He knew had drunk so deeply of the bitterness of His Passion. But it has pleased Divine Providence that the Gospel should be silent on this subject; and this for three reasons.

“In the first place, because of the firmness of Mary’s faith. The confidence which the Virgin-Mother had of Her Son’s rising again had never faltered, not even by the slightest doubt. This we can readily believe, if we reflect on the special grace wherewith She was filled, She the Mother of the Man-God, the Queen of the Angels, and the Mistress of the world. To a truly enlightened mind, the silence of Scripture on this subject says more than any affirmation could have done.

We have learned to know something of Mary by the visit She received from the Angel, when the Holy Ghost overshadowed Her. We met Her again at the foot of the Cross, where She, the Mother of Sorrows, stood nigh Her dying Son. If then the Apostle could say: As ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation (2 Cor. 1: 7), what share must not the Virgin-Mother have had in the joys of the Resurrection? We should hold it as a certain truth that Her most sweet Jesus, after His Resurrection, consoled Her first of all. (more…)

St. Fidelis (Feast day is April 24th)

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Prayer for the Feast of Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen

O God, Who didst vouchsafe to inflame the heart of blessed Fidelis with seraphic ardor and to adorn him with the palm of martyrdom and with glorious miracles in spreading the true Faith: we beseech Thee, by his merits and intercession, so to strengthen us by the might of Thy grace in faith and in charity, that we may deserve to be found faithful in Thy service even unto death. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.

For more information on the Saint see: http://www.ewtn.com/library/MARY/FIDELIS.htm