The General Minister presided over the solemn eucharistic celebration.....in his wonderful homily he spoke about the renunciation and dis-attachment to things and worldly ways.....He narrated the example of St. Francis and the lates blessed Solanus.....giving up ones will and wants...needs....to be someone....is a great renunciation....
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Monday, November 27, 2017
Br. Jaime is a friar from the Province of Spain....a simple Capuchin...very learned and yet humble....he is a theologian.....when he speaks it looks like honey drops from the rocks....he is a sweet nature friar with a lots of qualities.....Jaime is very popular among the friars in the Order....he is assistant to the International formation council with Charles Alphonse....both work together.....right now he is busy working on the 3rd Chapter of Ration Formationis......In Curia Jaime is liked and wanted by all....every ready to help friars....he is ready to drive you to the station, airport or anywhere else.....he is a good preacher too.....This morning he preached about: the God of the Temple and the God of the Tent.....great thought....God bless you Jaime.....
THE SMALL town of Montbrandon, in the Marca of Ancona, the ancient Picenum, a province of the ecclesiastical state in Italy, gave birth to this saint. His parents, though of low condition, were very virtuous, and educated him in sentiments of true piety and religion.
He began his spiritual war against the devil, the world, and the flesh, with assiduous prayer, and extraordinary fasts and watchings: and the fervour of his first beginnings was, by his fidelity in corresponding with divine grace, crowned with such constancy and perseverance as never to suffer any abatement. After the year of his probation was completed he returned to the Portiuncula, and by his solemn vows offered himself a holocaust to God. For forty years he never passed a day without taking the discipline; he always wore either a rough hair shirt, or an iron coat of mail armed with short sharp spikes; allowing himself only three hours for sleep he spent the rest of the night in holy meditation and prayer: flesh meat he never touched, and he ate so little that it seemed a miracle how he could live.
His zeal for the salvation of souls seemed to have no bounds, and for forty years together he never passed a single day without preaching the word of God either to the people or to the religious of his own Order. His exhortations were vehement and efficacious; by one sermon at Milan he converted thirty-six lewd women to a most fervent course of penance.
Today we celebrate the Feast day of Br. Massimo, the personal General Secretary....Morning during the prayer and Eucharist we prayed for him.....he is a wonderful brother....very faithful to his work as personal secretary of the General Minister.......
Sunday, November 26, 2017
When we say Jesus is a king, we mean a few things. First, He is our Shepherd. As our Shepherd He desires to lead us personally as a loving father would. He wants to enter our lives personally, intimately and carefully, never imposing Himself but always offering Himself as our guide. The difficulty with this is that it’s very easy for us to reject this kind of kingship. As King, Jesus desires to lead every aspect of our lives and lead us in all things. He desires to become the absolute ruler and monarch of our souls. He wants us to come to Him for everything and to become dependent upon Him always. But He will not impose this sort of kingship upon us. We must accept it freely and without reservation. Jesus will only govern our lives if we freely surrender ourselves over. When that happens, though, His Kingdom begins to become established within us! And through us in the world.
Additionally, Jesus does wish for His Kingdom to begin to be established in our world. First and foremost this takes place when we become His sheep and thus become His instruments to help convert the world. However, as King, He also calls us to establish His Kingdom by seeing to it that His truth and law is respected within civil society. It’s Christ’s authority as King that gives us the authority and duty as Christians to do all we can to fight civil injustices and bring about a respect for every human person. All civil law ultimately gains its authority from Christ alone since He is the one and only Universal King.