Day of Reflection – April 1, 2017
Shrine of St. Anthony, Ellicott City, MD
The eighth Annual Inquirers and Candidates Day of Reflection is tentatively scheduled for April 1, 2017. More detailed information to come out in early 2017.
April 28-30, 2017
Regional Retreat. PriestField Retreat Center, Kearneysville, W.Va.
More information forth coming
We must be ready to forgive – “We must be ready to forgive, to comfort and most of all to love. This is only accomplished by dying to ourselves. Life to Gospel means we are to conform our life to Jesus’ life. We are to turn the other cheek, walk the extra mile, suffer as He suffered, pray as He prayed, forgive as He forgave, love as he loved. To the Secular Franciscan these words are not only a motto or a beautiful ideal. The words signify our mission, our way of life, our vocation. It is supposed to be the mission and way of life for all who call themselves Christians. It isn’t easy or accomplished quickly. It is a life long work. That’s the purpose of our on going formation program.” – St. Francis Fraternity, Springfield, PA
The Goal of Prayer – “We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become. If we love things, we become a thing. If we love nothing, we become nothing. Imitation is not a literal mimicking of Christ; rather, it means becoming the image of the beloved, an image disclosed through transformation. The goal of prayer, therefore, is to be transformed into the image of the crucified Spouse. This means we are to become vessels of God’s compassionate love for others.” ~ Ilia Delio, Franciscan Prayer
What tells us the Saint of Assisi today? “To me says that the only wealth that matters is the wisdom of God, Christ. Other riches are nothing without wisdom. Reminds everyone that life is a living expense and that goes not for oneself but for others. He, more than many, it was spent on the last. But we also, in our small way, we can do the same where we are called to stand. Maybe starting with small gestures, from small attention to who is next. It is not easy, because selfishness that is within each of us always pushes to have the upper.”
Roberto Pacilio – St. Francis of Assisi Newsletter, Assisi, Italy