Interfaith Franciscans Order of Saint George - Orlando, FL, USA

We are an Interfaith Order of lesser brothers & sisters seeking to live the Franciscan spirituality.

We are the order of "ONE", where the lesser brothers & sister are united in a common rule of life while residing in their own home or in small community, holding regular jobs while striving to live a life of prayers and service to God's criations.

Mission: We are an Interfaith/Ecumenic Order, striving to build a harmonious coexistence of learning and work with all religions and religious denominations. We are all brothers and sister in God, trying to help all God Creations spiritually, psychologically and materially, many times trying not to be afraid to walk that extra mile. As Saint George and Saint Francis protected and helped the helpless and humble in their time, we as lesser brothers and sisters: • Try to leave in the people we meet the joy that springs from the encounter with a person consecrated to God; • try to be near to all, especially the simple, sharing with them the burden of manual work, the lay religious expresses his service toward the confreres, and at the same time contributes to a good community spirit. • when maintaining direct contact with people, embodies the sweetness, affability, and mercy, which characterized the human relationship of Saint. Francis.

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Invitatory Psalm

Lord, open my lips.

And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

Invitatory Psalm

Psalm 99 (100)

“The Lord calls all those he has redeemed to sing a hymn of victory” (St Athanasius).

– Come, let us worship God, who holds the world and its wonders in his hands.

Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing for joy.

Know that he, the Lord, is God.
He made us, we belong to him,
we are his people, the sheep of his flock.

Go within his gates, giving thanks.
Enter his courts with songs of praise.
Give thanks to him and bless his name.

Indeed, how good is the Lord,
eternal his merciful love.
He is faithful from age to age.

Glory to the Father and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.

– Come, let us worship God, who holds the world and its wonders in his creating hand.

Saturday of week 15 in Ordinary Time or Saint Camillus of Lellis, Priest or Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary

About Today

Saint Camillus of Lellis (1550 - 1614)

He was born in Italy of a noble family. He became a soldier but his taste for gambling and riotous living eventually lost him everything. At the age of 25 he converted as the result of hearing a sermon. He twice tried to join the Capuchin friars but was rejected because of his poor health. Having had experience of hospitals from the inside, he determined to improve them, and he devoted the rest of his life to the care of the sick. He offered himself to the hospital of San Giacomo in Rome and eventually became its bursar. Hospitals were as filthy, and hospital staff as brutal and inadequate, then as they are in many places today. He introduced many reforms and founded a congregation of priests and lay brothers, the Servants of the Sick (later known as the Camillians) to serve the sick both spiritually and physically. He was ordained priest in 1584. He resigned as head of his congregation in 1607 but continued to look after and visit the sick almost until the day of his death.

Saint Camillus, prey for us!

Friday 17 July 2015

Friday of week 15 in Ordinary Time

Invitatory Psalm

Lord, open my lips.

And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

Invitatory Psalm

Psalm 23 (24)

“The gates of heaven were opened to Christ because he was lifted up in the flesh” (St Irenaeus).

– Come, let us give thanks to the Lord, for his great love is without end.

The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness,
the world and all its peoples.
It is he who set it on the seas;
on the waters he made it firm.

Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord?
Who shall stand in his holy place?
The man with clean hands and pure heart,
who desires not worthless things,
who has not sworn so as to deceive his neighbour.

He shall receive blessings from the Lord
and reward from the God who saves him.
Such are the men who seek him,
seek the face of the God of Jacob.

O gates, lift high your heads;
grow higher, ancient doors.
Let him enter, the king of glory!

Who is the king of glory?
The Lord, the mighty, the valiant,
the Lord, the valiant in war.

O gates, lift high your heads;
grow higher, ancient doors.
Let him enter, the king of glory!

Who is he, the king of glory?
He, the Lord of armies,
he is the king of glory.

Glory to the Father and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.

– Come, let us give thanks to the Lord, for his great love is without end.

Thursday of week 15 in Ordinary Time
or Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Invitatory Psalm

Lord, open my lips.
And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

Invitatory Psalm

Psalm 66 (67)

“Let it be known to you that this salvation from God has been sent to all peoples” (Acts 28:28).
– Come, let us worship the Lord, for he is our God.

(repeat antiphon*)

O God, be gracious and bless us
and let your face shed its light upon us.
So will your ways be known upon earth
and all nations learn your saving help.

(repeat antiphon*)

Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.

(repeat antiphon*)

Let the nations be glad and exult
for you rule the world with justice.
With fairness you rule the peoples,
you guide the nations on earth.

(repeat antiphon*)

Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you.

(repeat antiphon*)

The earth has yielded its fruit
for God, our God, has blessed us.
May God still give us his blessing
till the ends of the earth revere him.

(repeat antiphon*)

Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you

(repeat antiphon*)

Glory to the Father and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.

– Come, let us worship the Lord, for he is our God.

Saint Bonaventure, Bishop, Doctor
(Wednesday of week 15 in Ordinary Time)

Invitatory Psalm

Lord, open my lips.
And my mouth will proclaim your praise.
Invitatory

Psalm Psalm 94 (95)

“Every day, as long as this ‘today’ lasts, keep encouraging one another” (Heb 3:13).

– Come, let us worship the Lord, fount of all wisdom.

(repeat antiphon*)

Come, let us sing to the Lord
and shout with joy to the Rock who saves us.
Let us approach him with praise and thanksgiving
and sing joyful songs to the Lord.

(repeat antiphon*)

The Lord is God, the mighty God,
the great king over all the gods.
He holds in his hand the depths of the earth
and the highest mountains as well.
He made the sea; it belongs to him,
the dry land, too, for it was formed by his hands.

(repeat antiphon*)

Come, then, let us bow down and worship,
bending the knee before the Lord, our maker.
For he is our God and we are his people,
the flock he shepherds.

(repeat antiphon*)

Today, listen to the voice of the Lord:
Do not grow stubborn, as your fathers did
in the wilderness,
when at Meriba and Massah
they challenged me and provoked me,
although they had seen all of my works.

(repeat antiphon*)

Forty years I endured that generation.
I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray
and they do not know my ways.”
So I swore in my anger,
“They shall not enter into my rest.”

(repeat antiphon*)

Glory to the Father and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.

– Come, let us worship the Lord, found of all wisdom.

[07/13/15]   Monday 13 July 2015

Monday of week 15 in Ordinary Time or Saint Henry

Invitatory Psalm

Lord, open my lips.
And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

Invitatory Psalm Psalm 23 (24)

“The gates of heaven were opened to Christ because he was lifted up in the flesh” (St Irenaeus).

– Let us approach the Lord with praise and thanksgiving.

(repeat antiphon*)

The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness,
the world and all its peoples.
It is he who set it on the seas;
on the waters he made it firm.

(repeat antiphon*)

Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord?
Who shall stand in his holy place?
The man with clean hands and pure heart,
who desires not worthless things,
who has not sworn so as to deceive his neighbour.

(repeat antiphon*)

He shall receive blessings from the Lord
and reward from the God who saves him.
Such are the men who seek him,
seek the face of the God of Jacob.

(repeat antiphon*)

O gates, lift high your heads;
grow higher, ancient doors.
Let him enter, the king of glory!

(repeat antiphon*)

Who is the king of glory?
The Lord, the mighty, the valiant,
the Lord, the valiant in war.

(repeat antiphon*)

O gates, lift high your heads;
grow higher, ancient doors.
Let him enter, the king of glory!
(repeat antiphon*)
Who is he, the king of glory?
He, the Lord of armies,
he is the king of glory.

(repeat antiphon*)

Glory to the Father and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.
– Let us approach the Lord with praise and thanksgiving.*

Divine Office

"Jesus knows that in this world filled with competition, envy and aggressivity, true happiness comes from learning to be patient, from respecting others, from refusing to condemn or judge others.

As the saying goes: “When you get #angry, you #lose”. Don’t let your heart give in to anger and resentment. Happy are the #merciful. Happy are those who know how to put themselves in someone else’s shoes, those who are able to #embrace, to #forgive. We have all experienced this at one time or another. And how beautiful it is! It is like getting our lives back, getting a new chance. Nothing is more beautiful than to have a new chance. It is as if life can start all over again."

#PopeFrancis wrapped up his journey to Latin America on Sunday (June 12th) by meeting young people, his final engagement in Paraguay before boarding his plane back to Rome. (Radio Vatican)

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Dalai Lama

We are all the same as human beings, we all want to lead a happy life. We can think of every day as a new day. When we wake up we can remind ourselves - ‘I need to be happy, I need to have warm feelings towards others. This builds self-confidence, honesty, transparency, which leads to trust. And trust is the basis of friendship. We are social animals and we need friends. This is a source of happiness I wish to share.

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

“Years ago atheism was an individual phenomenon; today atheism is social, the atheist who once was a curiosity, is now a component part of some of the governments of the world. Once men quarreled because they wanted God worshipped in a certain way; now they quarrel because they do not want God worshipped at all. The wars of religion of the seventeenth century have become the wars against religion of the twentieth century.” Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen (Seven Pillars of Peace)

To Save a Life

Lord, enlighten what's dark in us.

Divine Office

"To care for children, and to help young people to embrace noble ideals, is a guarantee of the future of society. A society discovers renewed strength when it values, respects and cares for its elderly, when it chooses to foster a “culture of remembrance” capable of ensuring that the elderly not only enjoy quality of life in their final years but also affection."

#PopeFrancis: "I have come to confirm the faith of believers", his message arriving in Bolivia

Divine Office

“Father, may they be one... so that the world may believe”. This was Jesus’ prayer as he raised his eyes to heaven. This petition arose in a context of mission: “As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world”. At that moment, the Lord was experiencing in his own flesh the worst of this world, a world he nonetheless loved dearly. Knowing full well its intrigues, its falsity and its betrayals, he did not turn away, he did not complain.

But is it precisely this troubled world into which Jesus sends us. We must not respond with nonchalance, or complain we do not have the resources to do the job, or that the problems are too big. Instead, we must respond by taking up the cry of Jesus and accepting the grace and challenge of being builders of unity. (Radio Vatican)

#PopeFrancis during his homily for Mass at Bicentennial Park in Quito, Ecuador

Divine Office

We evangelize not with grand words, or complicated concepts, but with “the #joy of the #Gospel”, which “fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. For those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness”.

#PopeFrancis, Mass for the Evangelization of Peoples, Quito, Parque Bicentenario
Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Divine Office

In his first homily during his Apostolic Voyage to South America, #PopeFrancis focused on Mary as a model for families as he spoke about the Gospel account of the wedding at Cana.

Pope Francis said Mary was concerned for the needs of the newlyweds, attentive to others, and not closed in on herself. There are many circumstances today, he continued, when we can see that the “wine” – a sign of “#happiness, #love, and #plenty” – has run out: “How many of our adolescents and young people sense that these are no longer found in their homes?” the Pope asked.

“How many women, sad and lonely, wonder when love left, when it slipped away from their lives? How many elderly people feel left out of family celebrations, cast aside and longing each day for a little love?” (Radio Vatican)

Divine Office

From today's #LOTH #MorningPrayer, let us pray:

Almighty Father,
you have brought us
to the light of a new day:
keep us safe the whole day
through from every sinful inclination.
May all our thoughts, words and actions
aim at doing what is pleasing in your sight.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
— Amen.

The Morning Prayer for today, text and audio, is here:
http://divineoffice.org/ord-w02-mon-mp

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Divine Office

"Dear Brothers and Sisters,
today we ask the Lord together, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, for the grace to have a simple heart, the grace of patience, the grace to struggle and work for justice, to be merciful, to work for peace, to sow peace and not war and discord. This is the way which brings happiness, which leads to blessedness."

From a #PopeFrancis homily, recently

Divine Office

From today's #MorningPrayer, let us pray:

Lord,
free us from the dark night of death.
Let the light of resurrection
dawn within our hearts
to bring us to the radiance of eternal life.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

The whole office for today, text and audio, is here: http://divineoffice.org/ord-w01-sat-mp

Divine Office

We remember today Saint Thomas, Apostle as we pray, http://divineoffice.org

God calls us. When we hear it, we answer in faith and begin to experience an authentic missionary journey. At times, many of us doubt; both the call itself and the path laid before us.

As Thomas did, we find ourselves longing for proof. Moments of courage are interrupted by moments of fear. In John’s Gospel, we hear Thomas’ initial courage as he spoke to the other disciples, “…’Let us also go, that we may die with him’” (Jn 11:16). Yet, shortly after, we hear St. Thomas’ anxiety, “Lord, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” Thomas’ human emotions remind us that we need a Savior. At these times, may we remember Jesus’ mighty answer to St. Thomas when He said, “…I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me” (Jn 14: 5-7). [1][2]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD
[1] Revised Standard Version s.v., “John, The Gospel According to.”
[2] Cardinal Ignace Moussa I Daoud, Intervention at the Pontifical Oriental Institute Meeting, Dec. 7, 2002.

Image: "Incredulity of St Thomas" by Giorgio Vasari, 1572. Web Gallery of Art

Divine Office

“The dignity of the human person must remain at the center of any political and technical debate, as well as in the taking of responsible decisions.” #PopeFrancis expressing his closeness to Greece in time of crisis

Image: Elderly persons demand their entire pensions during a protest outside Bank of Greece in Athens - AP (Radio Vatican)

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

“The Eucharist is so essential to our one-ness with Christ that as soon as Our Lord announced It in the Gospel, It began to be the test of the fidelity of His followers. First, He lost the masses, for it was too hard a saying and they no longer followed Him. Secondly, He lost some of His disciples: "They walked with Him no more." Third, it split His apostolic band, for Judas is here announced as the betrayer.” Archbishop Fulton Sheen (Treasure in Clay)

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

“As the scourging was the reparation for the sins of the flesh, so the crowning with thorns was the atonement for the sins of the mind – for the atheists who wish there were no God, for the doubters whose evil lives becloud their thinking, for the egotists, centered on themselves. The soldiers cursed as the thorns pricked their fingers. Then they cursed the Lord, as they drove the crown of thorns into His head, as a mockery of a royal diadem. Into His hands they placed a reed, the symbol of His kingdom, presumed to be false and unstable like the reed. His flesh, already hanging from Him like purple rags, is now covered with a purple robe to ridicule His claim to kingship of hearts and nations. Blindfolding Him, they struck Him, asking Him to prophesy, or tell whom it was that delivered the blow. They then bowed down before Him in mock reverence, spitting in His face, that all the subsequent Mindszentys, Stepinacs, and martyrs of the world might have courage in their hour of martyrdom. In this Mystery is verified the truth of our Saviour’s warning: ‘If the world hates you, be sure that it hated Me before it learned to hate you. If you belonged to the world, the world would know you for its own and love you; it is because you do not belong to the world, because I have singled you out from the midst of the world, that the world hates you.’ He who expects to preserve His faith without being mocked by the world is either weak in it, or else not so bold in goodness as to draw upon himself the mocking insults of another purple robe and a torturing circle of thorns.” Archbishop Fulton Sheen (The Fifteen Mysteries)

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We are an Interfaith/Ecumenic Order lesser brothers, sister, ordained clergy and layperson, open to all God's Criations, straight, gay, transgender, married, divorce, etc..., seeking to live the Franciscan spirituality in a tertiary and semi-monastic path. Ours brothers and sisters are united in a common rule of life while residing in their own houses, having regular jobs while striving to live a life of prayers and service. They meet for daily mass and Divine Office (when possible during the week) and for meals on feast days. Each lesser brother and sister have a spiritual steward in charge to guide and help throughout the Franciscan path of their interior life.
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