Monday, January 31, 2022
Sunday, January 30, 2022
The monks graciously accept him, feed him dinner, and even fix his car. As the man tries to fall asleep, he hears a strange sound; a sound like no other that he has ever heard. The next morning, he asks the monks what the sound was, but they say, We can't tell you because you're not a monk. The man is disappointed but thanks them anyway and goes about his merry way. Some years later, the same man breaks down in front of the same monastery. The monks again accept him, feed him, and even fix his car.. That night, he hears the same strange mesmerizing sound that he had heard years earlier. The next morning, he asks what the sound was, but the monks reply, We can't tell you because you're not a monk. The man says, all right, all right. I'm dying to know. If the only way I can find out what that sound was is to become a monk, how do I become a monk? The monks reply, you must travel the earth and tell us how many blades of grass there are and the exact number of sand pebbles. When you find these numbers, you will become a monk. The man sets about his task. Some forty-five years later, he returns and knocks on the door of the monastery. He says, I have traveled the earth and devoted my life to the task demanded and have found what you had asked for. There are 371,145,236,284,232 blades of grass and 231,281,219,999,129,382 sand pebbles on the earth. The monks reply, congratulations, you are correct, and you are now considered a monk . We shall now show you the way to the sound. The monks lead the man to a wooden door, where the head monk says, the sound is behind that door.. The man reaches for the knob, but the door is locked. He asks, May I have the key ? The monks give him the key, and he opens the door. Behind the wooden door is another door made of stone... The man requests the key to the stone door. The monks give him the key, and he opens it, only to find a door made of ruby. He demands another key from the monks, who provide it. Behind that door is another door, this one made of sapphire. And so it went on until the man had gone through doors of emerald, silver, topaz, and amethyst. Finally, the monks say, This is the key to the last door . The man is relieved to be at the end. He unlocks the door, turns the knob, and behind that door he is astonished to find the source of that strange sound. It is truly an amazing and unbelievable sight.. But I can't tell you what it is because you're not a monk.
St. Francis was convinced that conversion of sinners was a work of mercy that was more acceptable to the Father than any sacrifice, particularly if it was done in the spirit of perfect charity, more by example than by preaching, more by fervent prayer than by long-winded sermons!
The investment of postulants with the scapular and cord takes place ordinarily twice a year at the monthly fraternity meeting of the Order. Only under special circumstances should private investments be permitted. The ceremonies of investment and profession can also be combined, to give more time for the monthly conference.
The postulants should receive a notification of investment beforehand, and the notification slip, bearing their name, address and new name in the Order should be presented to the Director as he invites each one. From these slips the record of investments is entered into the Fraternity Register of Investment and Professions. This same procedure should be followed by profession.
Postulants may be invested at the Communion rail, or preferably, at the altar step, the Novice Master and Mistress assisting to adjust the scapular and cord.
Vested in surplice and stole, the priest kneels on the first step of the altar and begins the Prayers Before the Meeting on page 1. If, as is customary, the Come, Holy Ghost is sung before the sermon, the Veni Creator may be omitted at the beginning of the investment ceremony, i.e., after the blessing of the scapulars and cords. In this case, the priest may recite the Veni, Creator privately. After opening prayers the sermon is given.
After the sermon, the priest, either standing or seated in a chair on the predella of the altar on the Epistle side, puts to the postulants kneeling before him the following question:
Quae est petition vestra? (What do you ask?)
Respondent postulantes: (The postulants answer together:)
Rev. pater, ego humiliter postulo habitum Tertii Ordinis de Poententia, ut cum eo salute aeternam facilious consequi valeam. (Reverend Father, I humbly ask of you the habit of the Third Order of Penance, * in order that with it * I may more easily obtain eternal salvation).
Tunc sacerdos ait: (The priest says:)
Deo gratias. (Thanks be to God.)
The priest addresses a few words of exhortation to the postulants. Then, facing the altar, he blesses the habits of the Third Order.
V. Adjutorium nostrum in nomine Domini
(Our help is in the name of the Lord.)
R. Qui fecit caelum et terram.
(Who made heaven and earth.)
V. Domine, exaudi orationem meam,
(O Lord, hear my prayer,)
R. Et clamor meus ad te ventiat.
(And let my cry come unto you.)
V. Dominus vobiscum.
(The Lord be with you.)
R. Et cum spiritu tuo.
(And with your spirit.)
(Let us pray:)
All: O Lord Jesus Christ, who have deigned to put on the garb of our mortality * and to be wrapped in swaddling clothes in the manger, * and who have graciously inspired your glorious confessor our blessed father Francis to institute three orders * and the Supreme Pontiffs of the Church, your vicars, * to approve them: * we humbly beseech the abundance of your clemency that you would deign to bless and sanctify these garments, * which the same blessed Francis enjoined his fellow soldiers, the Brothers of Penance, * to wear as a badge of penance and as a strong armor against the world, the flesh, and the Devil; * that these your servants, devoutly receiving them may so clothe themselves with you that they may in spirit of humility faithfully walk in the way of your commandments till death. Who live and reign world without end. Amen.
V. Oremus (Let us pray:)
All: O God, who, to set the slave free, * would have your Son bound by the hands of impious men, * bless, we beseech you, * these cinctures * and grant that your servants who are girded with this bond of penance, * may be always mindful of the cords of our Lord Jesus Christ * and ever acknowledge themselves bound to your service. Through the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
The priest kneels before the altar and recites or sings alternately with the congregation or the choir the Veni Creator, unless it has been sung earlier in the meeting; or, while the priest recites it alone, the members can sing the Come, Holy Ghost:
The hymn being concluded, the priest rises, goes up to the altar steps to the predella, and turns to the postulants kneeling before the altar. Propriety requires that the following rites be done individually. If ever great numbers make it necessary to use the plural at the giving of the articles, the form may be said once for all, the priest then proceeding to bestow the respective articles on each postulant in succession.
May the Lord divest you of the old man with his acts, and turn away your heart from the pomps of the world, which you renounced when receiving Baptism
The priest gives the scapular to each postulant, saying:
May the Lord clothe you with the new man, who according to God is created in justice and holiness of truth.
Giving the cord, the priest says:
May the Lord gird you with the cincture of purity and extinguish in your loins the passion of lust, that the virtue of continency and chastity may dwell in you.
Then, a lighted candle is presented to the postulant, with the words:
Receive, dearest brother, the light of Christ as a sign of your immortality.
Now the priest may give the novitiate a new name, saying:
Your name as a Tertiary shall be Brother (Sister) N.
And turning towards those present, the priests blesses everyone, saying:
May the blessing of almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, descend upon you, and remain forever. Amen.
The ceremony being concluded, each novice's Christian name, surname, residence, and the day of clothing must be entered in the register of the fraternity. It is customary to inscribe the date of reception on a page provided for this in the manual of prayers of the Third Order, The Tertiaries Companion. Certificates of reception can also be given to the novices.
RITUALS FOR PUBLIC FUNCTIONS
FRANCISCAN THIRD ORDER
Mark Hegener, O.F.M.
Pius J. Barth, O.F.M.
Minister Provincial, Sacred Heart Province
Conradin Wallbraun, O.F.M.
Marion Habig, O.F.M.
Samuel Cardinal Stritch
Archbishop of Chicago
April 16, 1955
Monday, January 17, 2022
Sunday, January 16, 2022
All my children and my eleven Grandchildren are all Baptized. The four oldest Grandchildren have also received their First Communion. Finally, my two oldest Grandchildren have received their Confirmation.
Does this make me "Rigid?"
God bless each and every one of you!
Fra Chris, F.L.A.
Saturday, January 15, 2022
"Kiss me with the kisses of Your mouth" [Canticle 1:2] The kiss is the ultimate of intimacy between two individuals. In the Canticles Yahweh literally and intimately becomes one with Israel because God thirsts for intimacy with each and every one of us, even when we are steeped in sin. Likewise, intimacy with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, takes place on the Cross, which becomes our bridal chamber where total union takes place within the intimacy of suffering.
Friday, January 14, 2022
The incense symbolizes our prayer, whose source is in the love of God, the divine fire that our Lord came to cast upon the earth.
"Accendat in nobis Dominus ignem sui amoris, et flammarm aeternae caritatis. Amen."
(English Translation: May the Lord enkindle within us the fire of His love, and the flames of everlasting charity. Amen.)
Afterwards the Celebrant, clergy, and people are incensed.
Thursday, January 13, 2022
BISHOP ATHANASIUS SCHNEIDER
I just received my book and I am going to order additional copies for all my friends.
Note: the photo on the cover is St. Paul's Cathedral in Munster, Westfalia taken in 1946, immediately following World War II. I was stationed in the Army Intelligence in Münster from 1969 to 1970. At that same time, a priest by the name of Father Joseph Ratzinger was a professor of Theology at the University of Münster (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster). I wish I had met him back then.
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Enter, like Moses, into the tabernacle, to consult the Lord, thou shalt sometimes hear the divine answer and come out instructed in many things, present and to come.
For Moses always had recourse to the tabernacle, for the deciding of all doubts and questions, and fled to the help of prayer against the dangers and wickedness of men.
So must thou in like manner fly to the closet of they heart, and there most earnestly implore the divine assistance. (Matthew 6:6)
THE IMITATION OF CHRIST
Thomas A' Kempis
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Monday, January 10, 2022
Sunday, January 09, 2022
It originated from Orthodox Catholic liturgy and goes as far back as Latin Orthodoxy where one would cross themselves at various times of Holy Mass and prayer. By crossing one’s arms across one’s heart, we are crossing ourselves just as a Catholic would cross themselves for prayers.
"...the true contemplative has the highest esteem for the liturgy and is careful and exact in celebrating it, IN CONTINUITY WITH THE TRADITIONS OF OUR FATHERS."
The Cloud of Unknowing
(14th Century Roman Catholic Mystic)
(Photo of the Latin Rite Mass as it has been celebrated for over 2,000 years until just recently when it became anathema to followers of the Marxist Dominated New World Order)
"These people...are vulnerable to a pseudo-experience designed and directed by their spiritual enemy. They go so far as to rise up and blaspheme the saints, the sacraments, and the ordinances of Holy Church. Sensual-living men of the world who feel that the Church's requirements for the proper amendment of their lives are too burdensome quickly and easily follow after these heretics and fiercely support them. All this because they imagine that these heretics will lead them by a smoother path than Holy Church....In all truth they may be called the disciples of Anti-Christ."
The Cloud of Unknowing
(written by a 14th Century Roman Catholic Mystic).
Friday, January 07, 2022
Thursday, January 06, 2022
January 18, 2022 @ 6:00 P.M. Holy Family Church in Steubenville Pray for the end of Abortion and Greater Respect for all Human Life
January 19, 2022, Catholics across the country will join in prayer for “9 Days For Life.” It’s the annual Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. The novena and day of prayer are a time of recollection and reparation in observation of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade—the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the U.S. The overarching intention of the novena is that all human life will be respected. Participants can subscribe to receive the daily prayers at…. https://www.respectlife.org/9-days-for-life
Monday, January 03, 2022
"Every priest has the gift of healing."
Sunday, January 02, 2022
Francis began THE CANTICLE OF BROTHER SUN in the summer of 1225, at a time indeed when he was deep in suffering, but when he had already attained the mystical heights in his experience on Mount La Verna. But the joy he had experienced in that great privilege was tempered by the thought of how many men were greatly offending their Creator by misusing the creature world God had given them. "For His praise," he said, "I want to compose a new hymn about the Lord's creatures, of which we make daily use, without which we cannot live, and with which the human race greatly offends its Creator."
The first part of the Canticle, up to the verses about pardon and peace, he composed in the garden of the Poor Clare's convent at San Damiano, where he lay sick and in intense suffering for six or seven weeks. He then composed a melody for it and frequently urged his brothers to sing it when they were out preaching. The second part, consisting of the next two verses about pardon and peace, he composed a short time later in an effort to restore peace between the quarreling parties in a dispute between the civil and religious authorities of Assisi. The final verses about Sister Death Francis added shortly before his own death, after Brother Leo and Brother Angelo had sung the Canticle at his request. Celano adds that his last words were: "Welcome, my Sister Death."
St. Francis of Assisi
Omnibus of Sources
(The Canticle of the Creatures - St. Francis of Assisi)
A te solo Buon Signore
Si confanno gloria e onore
A Te ogni laude et benedizione
A Te solo si confanno
Che laltissimo Tu sei
E nullomo degno e
Si laudato Mio Signore
Con le Tue creature
Specialmente Frate Sole
E la sua luce.
Tu ci illumini di lui
Che e bellezza e splendore
Di Te Altissimo Signore
Porta il segno.
Si laudato Mio Signore
Per sorelle Luna e Stelle
Che Tu in cielo le hai formate
Chiare e belle.
Si laudato per Frate Vento
Aria, nuvole e maltempo
Che alle Tue creature dan sostentamento.
Si laudato Mio Signore
Per sorella nostra Acqua
Ella e casta, molto utile
Si laudato per Frate Foco
Che ci illumina la notte
Ed e bello, giocondo
E robusto e forte.
Si laudato Mio Signore
Per la nostra Madre Terra
Ella e che ci sostenta
E ci governa
Si laudato Mio Signore
Vari frutti lei produce
Molti fiori coloriti
E verde lerba.
Si laudato per coloro
Che perdonano per il Tuo amore
E beati sian coloro
Che cammineranno in pace
Che da Te Buon Signore
Si laudato Mio Signore
Per la Morte Corporale
Che da lei nesun che vive
E beati saran quelli
nella Tua volonte
che Sorella Morte
non gli fare male
Saturday, January 01, 2022
Either on Twelfth Night (5 January), the twelfth day of Christmastide and eve of the feast of the Epiphany, or on Epiphany Day (6 January) itself, many Christians (including Anglicans, Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians and Roman Catholics, among others) write on their doors with chalk in a pattern such as 20 ✝ C ✝ M ✝ B ✝ 21, with the numbers referring "to the calendar year (20 and 21, for instance, for this year, 2021); the crosses stand for Christ; and the letters have a two-fold significance: C, M and B are the initials for the traditional names of the Magi (Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar), but they are also an abbreviation of the Latin blessing Christus mansionem benedicat, which means, May Christ bless this house." Another form, for Three Kings day, is to mark the door with IIIK (the Roman numeral three followed by "K" for "Kings").
Chalking the door is done most commonly on Epiphany Day itself, although it can be done on any day of the Epiphany season. In some localities the chalk used to write the Epiphanytide pattern is blessed by a Christian priest or minister on Epiphany Day, then taken home to write the pattern.
The Christian custom of chalking the door has a biblical precedent as the Israelites in the Old Testament marked their doors in order to be saved from death; likewise, the Epiphanytide practice serves to protect Christian homes from evil spirits until the next Epiphany Day, at which time the custom is repeated. Families also perform this act to represent the hospitality of the Holy Family to the Magi (and all Gentiles); it thus serves as a house blessing to invite the presence of God in one's home. From the Catholic Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments:
The blessing of homes, on whose lintels are inscribed the Cross of salvation, together with the indication of the year and the initials of the three wise men (C+M+B), which can also be interpreted to mean Christus mansionem benedicat, written in blessed chalk; this custom, often accompanied by processions of children accompanied by their parents, expresses the blessing of Christ through the intercession of the three wise men and is an occasion for gathering offerings for charitable and missionary purposes.