- Saturday, 10 October 2009 09:00
Almighty, eternal God, You gave Saint Daniel and his companions the grace to suffer for Christ. Support our weakness with divine strength so that we may not waver in professing our faith in You, even as they did not hesitate to die for You.
Any time I hear the word “and companions” I wonder about the identities of these people who walked with their leader. Knowing the names of the unmentioned saints is not mere curiosity. I figure that these men laid their lives on the line for Christ and the Church under great great persecution they ought to be known. Obviously they are important because the Church infallibly declared these men saints. And it would be too clumsy to name each person in the group in the Mass/Divine Office we simply say “and companions.”
The martyrology lists the companions as being Samuel, Angelus, Domnus, Leo, Nicholas, Hugolinus, and Elias.
More on the martyrdom of Saint Daniel and his companions may be found here
- Tuesday, 06 October 2009 05:20
Lord God, You endowed the virgin Mary Frances with gifts from heaven. By imitating her goodness here on earth may we come to share her joy in heaven.
A biographical sketch
and another here
. Saint Mary Frances has an extraordinary story and she is a model for all Christians and especially the Secular Franciscans. She was a stigmatist, a prophetess, an intercessor for miracles who desired to know God well and to take guidance from her guardian angel. Note the nearness of her feast today and the feast days of the Archangels and the Holy Guardian Angels.
- Sunday, 04 October 2009 17:05
Faithful image of the Savior,
Poor and humble in Christ’s way,
Let us sing of good Saint Francis,
Heartfelt homage let us pay!
Leaving home and wealth behind him,
Francis heard the Savior’s call,
Serving God as poor and needy,
Trusting God to care for all.
Preaching Jesus and His mercy,
Francis made the Cross his boast,
Loving Christ within the Manger,
Praised His presence in the Host.
God in mercy gave him brothers
Joined in poverty and grace,
Vowed to serve Christ in obedience,
Freed by chastity’s embrace.
What was hidden from the learned
To the simple has been giv’n:
To the child-like are revealed now
All the truths and joys of heav’n.
Preaching only Jesus’ Gospel,
Francis sang of endless care
Which God, author of creation,
With each person wants to share.
Most high God, all good and mighty,
Father, Son, and Spirit blest,
With Saint Francis we would love You
And with Christ-filled lives attest:
From You, Lord, comes our salvation!
As did Francis, help us live
Lives of peace and true devotion,
That we thanks and praise may give!
87 87 D, suggested tune: Nettleton
James Michael Thompson, (c) 2009, World Library Publications
- Sunday, 04 October 2009 14:16
Blind Francis, waiting to welcome Sister Death,
though he was by ecstacies and fame,
Had heart for tune. With what remained of
He led his friars in canticles. Then came
Brother Elias, scowling, to
Small-souled Elias, crying by book and candle,
This was outrageous!
Had the friars no pride?
Music at deathbeds! Ah, the shame! the scandal!
gave him sermons and advice
Instead of song; which simply proves once more
things are sure this side of paradise:
Death, taxes, and the counsel of the
Though we outwit the tithe, make death our friend,
Bores we have with us
even to the end.
(Phyllis McGinley, 1950)
- Sunday, 04 October 2009 08:09
Let us rejoice in the Lord, and keep a festival in honor of blessed Francis. Let us join with the angels in joyful praise of the Son of God.
Father, You helped our seraphic father Francis reflect the image of Christ through a life of poverty and humility. May we follow Your Son by walking in the footsteps of Francis of Assisi and by imitating his joyful love.
The Minister General and the General Definitory of the Friars Minor gave his worldwide brothers (and to the rest of us) a letter on the feast of holy father Saint Francis. It can be read Letter for St Francis feast 2009.pdf
May I invite you to read the homily for this feast of Francis given/posted by my friend and classmate, Capuchin Father Charles, who serves as a curate at the nearby Sacred Heart Church. His perspective
into the person Francis is worth the time.
The author of a recent book on Francis speaks on an American Magazine podcast
. I don’t know the reliability of the author’s work, but it sounds interesting, especially in these days of Christian-Islam exchange.