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The Gospel Through a Franciscan Lens – Easter Sunday – Fr. Christopher

On this blessed day you and I thank God for the incredible grace to declare in the Sunday Creed: “On the third day He rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.” Jesus is alive, alive in His humanity and in His divinity—the very same person who was born in Bethlehem, walked the dusty roads of Palestine, died in anguish on Calvary’s cross.

2024-04-01T14:35:38-04:00March 30th, 2024|Categories: CNSA, Homilies|0 Comments

The Gospel Through a Franciscan Lens – Passion Sunday – Fr. Christopher

“O Sacred Banquet, in which Christ is received, the memory of His Passion is renewed, the mind is filled with grace, and the future pledge is given to us.” This Sunday of Passion we begin a whole week of gathering in prayer and liturgy to proclaim the mystery of our faith. The week of our Lord’s Passion begins with His triumphal entry into His holy city, Jerusalem. “We adore, You, O Christ, and we bless You, because by Your holy cross You have redeemed the world.”

2024-03-23T12:47:00-04:00March 23rd, 2024|Categories: CNSA, Homilies|0 Comments

The Gospel Through a Franciscan Lens – 5th Sunday in Lent – Fr. Christopher

Now is “the hour,” Jesus says. It is Passover. Jesus is the Lamb. He is speaking of His own sacrifice. It becomes more explicit in later verses, when, speaking again of His hour, Jesus says, “Now is My soul troubled. And what shall I say?” Father, save Me from this “hour?” No, for this purpose I have come to this “hour.” Father, glorify Your name.”

2024-03-15T14:41:24-04:00March 16th, 2024|Categories: CNSA, Homilies|0 Comments

PRAYER: The Heart of Who We Are

Do you know the secret of perseverance in our vocation? Ever wonder how people remain committed as Secular Franciscans for 30, 40, 50 years? The answers seem simple but are, in fact, difficult to live because they require untiring efforts and a penitential option for the spiritual path. Even professed members can lose their vocation through the busyness of family, work, and other commitments if they fail to make prayer and contemplation be the soul of all they are and do. (OFS Rule, 8) ...

2024-02-22T20:13:27-05:00February 26th, 2024|Categories: From the Newsletter|1 Comment

Where Are Our YouFras? (Youth Fraternities)

As the Franciscan Youth and Young Adult Commission has stated many times, our mission calls us to share the Franciscan way of life through prayer, formation, and social justice action. Even though we may only have a few official YouFras in the states, we discovered in reading last year’s annual reports, there are individuals, fraternities, and regions all across the United States who are taking seriously our OFS Rule, Article 24 to “Foster communion among members,” especially with our young people, and to “adopt appropriate means for growth in the Franciscan and the ecclesial life.” ...

2024-02-13T17:44:18-05:00February 19th, 2024|Categories: From the Newsletter, YouFra|0 Comments

A New Call to Prayer and Contemplation

As we begin 2024, we are reminded of two special calls for deepening our relationship with Our Dear Lord and our suffering sisters and brothers. The Franciscan Family is commemorating the “the Gift of the Stigmata” and the whole Catholic Church begins the final year of preparation for the Eucharistic Jubilee. ... In celebrating the Centenary of the Gift of the Stigmata as a Franciscan Family, we are invited to restore the dimension of prayerful and contemplative silence in our daily lives, the silence that places us before the essential, that lets us recognize our desire for the infinite that resides in our hearts, that allows us to listen to ourselves, to others and to God. ...

2024-02-17T12:11:58-05:00February 17th, 2024|Categories: Centenaries 2023-2026|1 Comment
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