Posted by: fvbcdm | October 4, 2013

Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi (4 October 2013)

Today we celebrate the feast of the “Poor Man of Assisi,” that extremely popular saint whose name was Francis and who was a contemporary of our holy father Saint Dominic.  Because the two of them knew and admired one another and had such a similar ministry in the Church of the 13th century, we speak of them both as “our holy Fathers.”

Francis never felt worthy of ordination to the priesthood, so he spent his life as a deacon, but he became the founder of a remarkable variety of religious communities.  The Friars Minor, the Capuchins, the Conventual Franciscans, the Third Order Regular, the Friars of the Atonement, and probably several other congregations of men that I am unaware of, in addition to the cloistered nuns called the Poor Clares and the many congregations of active Franciscan sisters operating in many parts of the world and working among God’s people on every continent.

Saint Francis used to wish his followers and listeners: “Pax et bonum” — peace and well-being.  So I wish you that same blessing today: through the intercession of our holy father Saint Francis, may God grant you peace and well-being—pax et bonum—all the days of your life. Thank you for seeking God’s truth.  God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This is a CDM composed by Father Brown in the past.


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