Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Franciscan order turns 800

The best known order in the Church turning 800, Praised be God, now and forever!
"Speaking to the Franciscans assembled Saturday at Castel Gandolfo, “The Pope recalled how St. Francis heard God’s voice telling him, ‘Repair my house,’ and he urged today’s Franciscans to continue those efforts of fixing the serious ‘ruins’ in society and mankind,” CNS reported.
“Like Francis, always begin with yourself,” Benedict said. “We are the first homes that God wants restored.”

I have a Friary of the Franciscans of the Immaculate close by, and I am so grateful for their gifts to the Church. I can go there for Perpetual Adoration, Latin Masses on feastdays, orthodox counsel, and wonderful Catholic fellowship. There is an air of peace at the Marian Friary of Our Lady of Guadalupe that is delightful and rare.
Happy Birthday Franciscans and their renewal offshoots, the Friars of the Immaculate and the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. (Fr. Luke, CFR, seen with me in this photo)
May God give you His peace.
Read the entire story on the National Catholic Register blog.

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