August 5, 2021

Canonization of Pope Paul VI – October 14, 2018

Today Most Holy Father Pope Francis canonized Blessed Pope Paul VI!!  This is hugely significant for all Secular Franciscans, as we follow what is called the “Pauline Rule”.  Auspicato Concessum,  (Sept. 17, 1882) Pope Leo XIII’s  encyclical letter glorified St.Francis of Assisi on the occasion of the seventh centenary of his birth. In  this encyclical, the Pope presented the Third Order of St. Francis as a Christian answer to the social problems of the times.  The constitution Misericors Dei Filius (June 23, 1883) expressly recalled that the neglect in which Christian virtues are held is the main cause of the evils …

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Abuse Crisis- Letters to Bishop Jugis and Pope Francis- September 2018

Dear faithful: I am sharing two letters I felt compelled to send to our Holy Father Pope Francis, and to our beloved Bishop, Peter Jugis of the Diocese of Charlotte.  These letters are my own thoughts  and do not reflect the Fraternity of Brother Francis nor the Secular Franciscan Order.  I am merely sharing my humble attempts to do something in light of the grief and shock we are facing.  Please my friends do not lose your Faith, Hope or Love…..our God will prevail.  TRUST IN HIM!!!!    If you would like to join in a letter campaign, the …

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Fatima 100 Year Anniversary!!! – May 13, 2017

May 13th, 2017 marks the 100-year anniversary of the first time our Blessed Mother Mary appeared to three shepherd children in Portugal. Two of the three children will be canonized by Pope Francis during his visit to Fatima May 12-13th. The first Marian apparitions began May 13, 1917, when 9-year-old Francisco Marto and 7-year-old Jacinta Marto, and their cousin Lucia dos Santos, reported seeing the Virgin Mary. The apparitions of Mary continued once a month until Oct. 13, 1917, and later were declared worthy of belief by the Catholic Church. This fascinating event contains secrets which Mary shared …

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