FS #54 : Mary’s Role, Part 8 – Nov 10 – Homily – Fr Terrance

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Fr Terrance gives the homily at Bloomington, IN, on Nov 10, 2023, on how Franciscan Spirituality emphasizes Our Lady's role in God's plan, today focusing on how He wants us to come to Jesus through Mary, with Mary and how this foresees much of modern Mariology.

In Franciscan spirituality, finding Jesus through Mary is essential, as no one understands Christ's mystery as she does. This thought, rooted in St. Bernard of Clairvaux's teachings, is echoed by Franciscans like St. Bonaventure, who believed Christ is only found through Mary, the universal mediator Luke 1:28 - The angel Gabriel greets Mary, "Hail, full of grace" - https://bible.usccb.org/bible/luke/1?28, Luke 1:42 - Elizabeth calls Mary "blessed among women", and Luke 1:43 - Elizabeth recognizes Mary as the mother of the Lord - https://bible.usccb.org/bible/luke/1?42.

Franciscans honor Mary for her role alongside Christ, as exemplified in Luke 2:52 - Jesus grew in wisdom and grace under Mary's care - https://bible.usccb.org/bible/luke/2?52. They entrust spiritual growth to her, mindful of Colossians 1:24 - Completing Christ's afflictions for the Church - https://bible.usccb.org/bible/colossians/1?24. Emulating Mary's virtues, Franciscans follow her guidance at Cana: John 2:5 - Do whatever Jesus tells you - https://bible.usccb.org/bible/john/2?5.

In their spiritual journey, Franciscans turn to Mary, believing in her powerful intercession, inspired by saints like Leonard of Port Maurice and Bernadine of Siena. Close to Mary, they seek to mirror Christ more each day.

00:00 - Introduction
00:12 - Mary's Role in Franciscan Spirituality
00:41 - Franciscans on Mary's Importance
01:14 - Devotion to Mary in Faith and Affection
01:56 - Finding Christ through Mary
03:14 - Entrusting Our Spiritual Life to Mary
04:45 - Arriving at Salvation through Mary
06:12 - Listening to Mary and Following Her Example

Ave Maria!

This is a continuation of his series of homilies on Franciscan Spirituality - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNN151zTIO4&list=PLejh_e0-LN4xgMllKrzSasL2Hljd5BHom
and the subsection "Mary's Role"

The material for this series comes primarily from Ciccarelli, Marciano M., "I capisaldi della spiritualità francescana" in Italian, which translates as "The Cornerstones of Franciscan Spirituality." No English translations of this book exist at the time of this recording.

Mass: St. Leo the Great - Mem - http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=299
Readings: Friday 31st Week of Ordinary Time - http://usccb.org/bible/readings/111023.cfm
1st: rom 15:14-21
Resp: psa 98:1-4
Gsp: luk 16:1-8

More on the Readings: https://airmaria.com/r?m=1191&r=1545

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