Franciscan Spirituality #13: Sources, Part 3 – Mar 14 – Homily – Fr Terrance

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Fr Terrance gives the homily at Bloomington, IN on Mar 14, 2023, on how Francis based his spirituality on the bible in a very complete, simplistic, balanced way, unlike anyone before or after him.


He lived the bible wholly and simply but without attacking the corrupt clergy

virtuous balance but with a whole heart

Embraced poverty of Bethlehem, Calvary, humility, charity, chastity, obedience, without condemning, penance tempered by meekness, simplicity of a child

All from the Scripture

Read the gospel with faith and applied it immediately to his current moment.

Abhored what he previously loved, as in honors of the world, and loved what he formerly abhorred, as in lepers and poverty.

He had one tunic because Gospel said only one Mat 10: 10 -

La Verna wished to experience what Christ did on Calvary and was given the stigmata.

Inspiration and action were inseparable.

Side note: young people inspired by Francis should seek advice from their pastor and the Church, do your discern with the Church and in the Church, just as Francis did.

Isaiah 53: 4 - maternal love for lepers -

Psalm 138 - Canticle of the Sun -

Br Leo Franciscan blessing - "May the lord bless you and keep you..." Num 6 24-26 -

psalms David 22: 7 "I am a worm and no man" -

Mat 10: 12 - "peace to this house" -

Mat 6: 6 - "retire to one's closet to pray" -

Profound union with suffering Christ and love of the eucharist John 6 -

Galatians 6: 14 embraces the folly of the cross -

Why is the world following you, Francis? Francis replies, God could not find a more vile creature to humble the proud world, 1 Cor 1: 27 -

Heb 11: 13 - strangers and pilgrims on this earth -

1 Cor 13 - perfect joy and charity -

Absorbing and putting into action sacred scripture, unlike any other saint before or since.

Ave Maria!

Playlist for this series -

Mass: Tuesday 3rd Week of Lent - Wkdy
Readings:  -
1st: dan 3:25, 34-43
Resp: psa 25:4-9
Gsp: mat 18:21-35

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