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  • Catholic Caucus: Transitus of St. Francis of Assisi

    10/04/2014 6:50:34 PM PDT · by Coleus · 4 replies
    Transitus Today is the vigil of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. Franciscans from all around the world have a Transitus celebration this evening. The Transitus is a Franciscan devotion to ritually remember the passing of Saint Francis from this life into God. It is similar to what you might do on the anniversary of the death of a family member or very dear friend. You sit around and remember their lives, recall the day they died and what occurred. You share your memories and talk about how much they meant to you. Tonight at 7 PM we...
  • Touchdown! Franciscans reach goal with a winning kick (restoration project)

    04/16/2014 2:41:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cns ^ | April 14, 2014 | Carol Glatz
    ROME — Bypassing strapped government funding, a community of Franciscan friars in Rome was able to raise more than a quarter of a million dollars in 30 days through the crowd-funding platform, Kickstarter.The small cell where St. Francis of Assisi used to sleep when he came to Rome. (Screengrab from the Franciscans’ Kickstarter webpage) The Franciscans in charge of the Church of St. Francis at Ripa will be using the money to restore the darkened, crumbling cell where St. Francis of Assisi stayed during his visits to Rome.More than 1,100 people, mostly from the United States, contributed to the Franciscans’...
  • The Origin of Nativity Scenes

    12/23/2007 7:30:07 AM PST · by big'ol_freeper · 2 replies · 3,089+ views
    The Origin of Nativity Scenes ... Mary gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the place where travelers lodged. According to St Luke the Evangelist (2,7) Jesus was born in a stable or at least in a place where animals were kept. In fact the word presepio (Nativity Scene) comes from the Latin verb praesepire (to enclose, to hedge, to fence) and today it means manger or crib. The term is thought to have been used for the first time with...
  • Away in a Manger [St. Francis of Assisi and the first Nativity scene]

    01/05/2009 5:21:36 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies · 480+ views
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | January 5, 2008 | Fr. William Saunders
    Away in a Manger January 5th, 2009 by Fr. William Saunders As we learn each week from the saints, one must wonder, How did the saints celebrate Christmas? One of the best examples whose celebration lives on in our own is St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226). Thomas of Celano, one of the first biographers of St. Francis, wrote, More than any other feast, he celebrated Christmas with an indescribable joy. He said that this was the feast of feasts, for on this day God became a little child and sucked milk like all human children. Francis embraced with great tenderness...
  • Guess the Saint: (Forgive him Lord, if he knows not what he is doing!)

    10/08/2013 9:49:38 AM PDT · by Repent and Believe · 9 replies
    Barnhardt (blog) ^ | Oct 5 2013 anno Dimini | Ann Barnhardt
    Guess the saint: This saint joined a Crusade to Egypt in the hopes of PROSELYTIZING as many musloids as he could before being killed. This saint was not killed, but was instead received into the court of a sultan. Our saint then offered to engage in a trial by fire literal fire with the sultans musloid scholars. Our saint offered to enter into a fire pit and if he emerged unscathed, the musloid scholars would then have to concede that the CATHOLIC GOD (the word catholic means universal, so of course God is Catholic, and of course His...
  • Chesterton and Saint Francis

    10/04/2011 5:00:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    IgnatiusInsight.com ^ | 2011 | Joseph Pearce
    Chesterton and Saint Francis | By Joseph Pearce This essay appears in Joseph Pearce's new book Literary Giants, Literary Catholics. Chesterton enjoyed a lifelong friendship with Saint Francis of Assisi. As a small boy, long before he had an inkling of the nature of Catholicism, Chesterton was read a story by his parents about a man who gave up all his possessions, even the clothes he was wearing on his back, to follow Christ in holy poverty. From the moment the wide-eyed Gilbert first heard the story of Saint Francis, he knew he had found a friend. As such,...
  • St. Francis of Assisi: Not a Birkenstock-Clad Hippie But a Converter of Muslims

    04/03/2008 10:51:51 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 13 replies · 170+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/3/08 | Michael Baggot
    The relationship between Muslims and Christians received added attention this past Easter when Pope Benedict XVI publicly baptized Magdi Allam, the most prominent Muslim journalist in Italy. Allam knew that publicly renouncing his Islamic faith would bring attempts on his life from angered Muslims, but expressed conviction that his newfound faith would sustain him through any difficulties. "You asked me whether I fear for my life, in the awareness that conversion to Christianity will certainly procure for me yet another and much more grave death sentence for apostasy. You are perfectly right. I know what I am headed for but...
  • Bringing Christmas to Life Again

    12/23/2006 4:11:18 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies · 744+ views
    Catholic Educators ^ | FR. ROGER J. LANDRY
    n 1223, St. Francis of Assisi inaugurated a pious practice that in places today has become so common that many think that it always existed. This great saint, as he was traversing the rolling hills of central Italy one December to proclaim the Gospel, noticed that few of his countrymen were taking the mysteries of the faith seriously. Many were not preparing for Christmas at all. Of those who were getting ready to celebrate the Lord’s birth, they looked at it as an event tied exclusively to the past. The mysteries of the faith had become sterile. The central persons...
  • Bringing Christmas to Life Again

    12/09/2006 9:45:41 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies · 234+ views
    December 23, 2005 | FR. ROGER J. LANDRY
    In 1223, St. Francis of Assisi inaugurated a pious practice that in places today has become so common that many think that it always existed. This great saint, as he was traversing the rolling hills of central Italy one December to proclaim the Gospel, noticed that few of his countrymen were taking the mysteries of the faith seriously. Many were not preparing for Christmas at all. Of those who were getting ready to celebrate the Lords birth, they looked at it as an event tied exclusively to the past. The mysteries of the faith had become sterile. The central...
  • PETITION TO MEL GIBSON BY THE FRANCISCAN FRIARS OF THE RENEWAL (FR. BENEDICT GROESCHEL'S ORDER)

    PLEASE READ, AND IF YOU AGREE, PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION An Open Letter and Respectful Petition Dear Mr. Gibson, We, the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal, together with the undersigned, wish to publicly express our gratitude to you and all those who participated in your recent production, "The Passion of the Christ". We who have viewed this film agree that it is not simply another movie about Our Lord, but an extraordinary work of sacred art. Your creative efforts have offered us new spiritual insights and have led us into...
  • An Open Letter and Respectful Petition Dear Mr. Gibson,

    03/09/2004 10:35:01 PM PST · by rcath60 · 31 replies · 155+ views
    Please sign the Franciscan Friars' (Father Benedict Groeschel's order) petition to Mel Gibson! Or at least read it :)
  • CASES OF STIGMATA - Fact or Fiction?

    08/27/2003 2:06:11 AM PDT · by Front 242 · 122 replies · 3,912+ views
    I have a question that has been nagging me for quite some time now concerning people throughout history bearing the stigmatic wounds of Christ. I am a firm believer that the Shroud of Turin is indeed the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, and based upon that belief, I pose the following observations for discussion and feedback. Concerning the location of the five wounds as shown on the Shroud of Turin, with regard to the placement of the nails (through the carpal bones in each wrist at what is anatomically known as "the open mesocarpal space of Destot"), why is it...
  • CASES OF STIGMATA - Fact or Fiction?

    08/27/2003 2:05:50 AM PDT · by Front 242 · 1 replies · 163+ views
    I have a question that has been nagging me for quite some time now concerning people throughout history bearing the stigmatic wounds of Christ. I am a firm believer that the Shroud of Turin is indeed the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, and based upon that belief, I pose the following observations for discussion and feedback. Concerning the location of the five wounds as shown on the Shroud of Turin, with regard to the placement of the nails (through the carpal bones in each wrist at what is anatomically known as "the open mesocarpal space of Destot"), why is it...
  • CASES OF STIGMATA - Fact or Fiction?

    08/27/2003 2:05:22 AM PDT · by Front 242 · 1 replies · 105+ views
    I have a question that has been nagging me for quite some time now concerning people throughout history bearing the stigmatic wounds of Christ. I am a firm believer that the Shroud of Turin is indeed the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, and based upon that belief, I pose the following observations for discussion and feedback. Concerning the location of the five wounds as shown on the Shroud of Turin, with regard to the placement of the nails (through the carpal bones in each wrist at what is anatomically known as "the open mesocarpal space of Destot"), why is it...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 10-04-02, Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi, religious

    10/04/2002 7:35:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies · 119+ views
    Catholic Pages.com/New American Bible ^ | 10-04-02 | New American Bible
    October 4, 2002Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi, religious Psalm: Friday 43 Reading I Responsorial Psalm Gospel Reading IJob 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5 The Lord addressed Job out of the storm and said: Have you ever in your lifetime commanded the morningand shown the dawn its placeFor taking hold of the ends of the earth,till the wicked are shaken from its surface?The earth is changed as is clay by the seal,and dyed as though it were a garment;But from the wicked the light is withheld,and the arm of pride is shattered. Have you entered into the sources of the sea,or walked...