Francis’ Stigmata, “Love Crucified” – Sep 17 – Homily – Fr Alan

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In the homily for the Feast of the Stigmatization of St. Francis of Assisi (Sep 17), Fr. Alan explains the stigmata of St. Francis as “love crucified” (O’Brien), given as a sign for us, confirming the spirituality of St. Francis as a faithful model for all Christians.

As disciples of Christ, charity for Our Lord impels us to also deny ourselves and to embrace the cross, seeking metaphorical crucifixion of the flesh for the sake of love, after the example of St. Francis.

“Through his prayers may we be made conformable to the death of [Our Lord] and thus share also in His resurrection” (Collect for the Mass).

Ave Maria!

Mass: Stigmata of St. Francis - Feast

1st: Gal 6:14-18
Resp: Gal 2:16, 20
Gsp: Lk 9:23-26

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The title of this homily is inspired by the title of the chapter on the Stigmatization in the biography on St. Francis by Fr. Isidore O'Brien, O. F. M., Francis of Assisi: Mirror of Christ (Franciscan Herald Press, Chicago, 1978 [6th ed.]).

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