National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi

The NATIONAL SHRINE OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI bears witness to Christ within the beautiful city named for the poor troubadour of God. The contemporary ministry of the National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi invites pilgrims, visitors, and all people of faith to encounter God's love in its sanctuary of quiet and prayer.

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09/12/2021

COURAGE AND CONVICTION: THE TRUE STORY OF COLUMBUS

Hmm, something to ponder.

09/10/2021

“Repent and believe the Gospel”, be not afraid - of the Call of conversion.

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Holy Martyrs, Pray for us

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St. Maximilian, Pray for us.

08/14/2021

Aroma of holiness (& coffee too)

FEAST OF BLESSED MARK OF AVIANO

Today Capuchin-Franciscans celebrate the Memorial of Blessed Mark of Aviano (1631-1699). While a teenager, young Carlo Domenico Cristofori ran away from the Jesuit school in which had been enrolled by his parents. He had dreams of glory and wanted to join in the military campaign against the Turks. He didn’t make it and hungry and exhausted he stopped at a Capuchin friary. The Guardian of the friary wisely advised young man to return home. He did so, but a year later entered the Capuchin novitiate and was given his fathers name of Mark as a religious name.

Bl. Mark was eventually ordained a priest but without faculties to preach or hear confessions. When the Capuchin Minister General visited the friary he recognize the talent and holiness of the young priest and gave him full faculties. Thus began blessed marks career as an itinerant preacher known for promoting the Act of Contrition as preparation for going to confession.

Eventually the friar who had once left home to join the military with dreams of glory was appointed Chaplain General of the Imperial forces combating the Ottoman Turks. For twenty years Bl. Mark advised the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I and served as the Pope’s envoy to the Imperial Court in Vienna. Blessed Mark helped form the Holy League and as an advisor to King Jan Sobieski of Poland, encouraged the people during the Battle of Vienna in 1683.

“After the battle, the Austrians discovered many bags of coffee in the abandoned Turkish encampment. Using this captured stock, Franciszek Jerzy Kulczycki (a Polish merchant) opened the third coffeehouse in Europe and the first in Vienna, where, according to legend, Kulczycki and Friar Mark added milk and honey to sweeten the bitter coffee. The result was thereafter termed “cappuccino”, after the brown hood of the Capuchin friar." Blessed Mark is buried in the Capuchin Church in Vienna.

"God knows that the scope of all of my works is only to do His will. My only interest is God's glory and the good of souls. I am always an obedient son of Holy Mother Church and am ready to shed my blood and give my life for Her".

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St. Clare of Assisi, Pray for us.

08/04/2021

Our Lady of the Angels, Pray for us.

THE PARDON OF ASSISI

The Pardon of Assisi (or Portiuncula Indulgence) is the possibility to receive a plenary indulgence—elimination of temporal punishment due to sin-- at the chapel during the first two days of August.

In St. Francis’ day, people could gain a plenary indulgence by visiting one of three churches: Holy Sepulcher (Jerusalem), St. Peter’s (Rome) or Santiago de Compostela (Spain). Not everyone could afford or undertake such travel, so Francis asked that the Portiuncula be designated such a place. Pope Honorius III agreed in 1216 but restricted this to the anniversary of the chapel’s dedication (August 2).

The Feast of the Pardon of Assisi has since been celebrated between Vespers on August 1 and sundown on August 2. For many centuries, the indulgence could only be received by visiting St Mary of the Angels. However, it is now possible to receive the indulgence at all Franciscan churches and also at all the parish churches in Assisi when meeting the conditions of Communion, Confession and praying for the Pope's intentions.

The Portiuncula is one of the first churches that St. Francis rebuilt after hearing God's voice from the San Damiano cross say, "Francis, Francis, go and repair My house which, as you can see, is falling into ruins". It is also where he received St. Clare and where he died.

This is a perfect time to remember God’s great desire to forgive sinners. Receive your Pardon of Assisi in any of our Franciscan churches.

Photos from Franciscan Intellectual-Spiritual Tradition's post 08/02/2021

Our Lady of the Angels, Pray for us.

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Blessed Solanus Casey, Pray for us.

07/29/2021

O MARY, OUR LADY OF THE ANGELS, PATRONESS AND GUARDIAN, PRAY FOR US WITH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD!

O MARY, OUR LADY OF THE ANGELS, PATRONESS AND GUARDIAN, PRAY FOR US WITH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD!

07/22/2021

Blessed Solanus Casey, Pray for us.

On Friday, July 30 the Church celebrates the memory of our Capuchin brother Blessed Solanus Casey, who ministered to the People of God in New York State and in Detroit in the early and mid-20th century. He was beatified in November 2017 and we pray that he be canonized so that more people will appreciate the example of Christian charity and love of God he so beautifully lived all his life.

If you would like to pray a novena in preparation for that memorial on July 30, you can use the prayer below. Or you can click this link to use a novena that is based upon Blessed Solanus’ own words.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-bReCJxIqfbLl30jS2m1mifhsAExUguu/view?usp=sharing

NOVENA FOR BLESSED SOLANUS CASEY

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.

Let us pray:
O God, I adore You. I give myself to You. May I be the person You want me to be, and may Your will be done in my life today. I thank You for the gifts You gave to Father Solanus.

Help us to imitate him and to carry on his love for all the poor and suffering of our world. As he joyfully accepted Your divine plans, I ask You, according to Your Will, to hear my prayer for …(your intention)… and grant it according to your holy will.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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St. Lawrence of Brindisi, Pray for us.

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St. John, Pray for us.

07/15/2021

St. Bonaventure, Pray for us.

Happy Feast Day
Saint Bonaventure
Doctor of the Church
1221-1274
Feast Day: July 15 (New), July 14 (Trad)
Patronage: Intestinal disorders, Bagnoregio, Italy, Conchita Indian Pueblo, St. Bonaventure University, NYC
Saint Bonaventure was a Franciscan, theologian, philosopher, teacher, writer, cardinal and mystic, lovingly called the ”Seraphic Doctor.” He was close friends with St. Thomas Aquinas and King St. Louis IX. He’s considered the second founder of the Franciscans and spoke at the Council of Lyons. In wisdom and humility, he united the pastoral and practical aspects of life with the doctrines of the Church. Bonaventure died of natural causes.
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St. Bonaventure, Pray for us.

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St. Elizabeth of Portugal, Pray for us.

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St. Anthony, Pray for us.

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Blessed Frank, Pray for us.

05/20/2021

Come Holy Spirit, Come!

Sunday, May 23 Pentecost 2021

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St. Felix Pray for us.

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St. Leopold, Pray for us

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St. Fidelis, Pray for us.

03/22/2021

"If you suffer with Him, you will reign with Him. If you cry with Him, you will have joy with Him. If you die with Him on the Cross of tribulation, you will possess the eternal dwelling place in the splendor of the saints." - St. Clare of Assisi

"If you suffer with Him, you will reign with Him. If you cry with Him, you will have joy with Him. If you die with Him on the Cross of tribulation, you will possess the eternal dwelling place in the splendor of the saints." - St. Clare of Assisi

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St. John Joseph of the Cross, Pray for us.

Timeline Photos 03/04/2021

“Through thick & thin” support our dedicated men and women of Law Enforcement.

02/19/2021

“Lent is the season in which we ought to be surprised by joy. Our self-sacrifices serve no purpose unless, by laying aside this or that desire, we are able to focus on our heart’s deepest longing: unity with Christ. In Him-- in His suffering and death, His resurrection and triumph, we find our truest joy.” (Bread and Wine: Devotional Readings for Lent and Easter)

“Lent is the season in which we ought to be surprised by joy. Our self-sacrifices serve no purpose unless, by laying aside this or that desire, we are able to focus on our heart’s deepest longing: unity with Christ. In Him-- in His suffering and death, His resurrection and triumph, we find our truest joy.” (Bread and Wine: Devotional Readings for Lent and Easter)

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St. Peter Baptiste and companions, Pray for us.

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Pray for us.

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St. Marianne Cope, Pray for us.

01/16/2021

Holy Franciscan Martyrs, Pray for us.

On January 16, Franciscans celebrate the feast of St. Berard and four friar companions, the first martyrs of the Order, who were beheaded in Morocco on this date in 1220.

At the general chapter of the Friars Minor in 1219, the decision was made to send brothers to preach the Gospel in Muslim lands—this at a time when the Church had launched a new Crusade. Francis himself and a dozen other friars went east to the Holy Land, and Brother Giles and some companions, south, to Tunis. Berard and six other friars, Peter, Otho, Vitalis, Accursius, and Adjutus, were sent west, to territories ruled by the Almohad caliphate in Southern Spain and Morocco.

Little is known about the previous background of these friars; Berard, a native of Umbria, was the only one who knew Arabic. When they reached Aragon, Vitalis, the leader of the expedition, fell ill; he begged the other friars to continue without him under Berard's guidance. After visiting Portugal, they crossed into Muslim territory and headed for Seville. There Berard and his companions took a bold, confrontational approach in their preaching, calling their hearers to convert, even though any attempt on the part of Christians to evangelize in a Muslim county was considered blasphemy, carrying a penalty of death.

Both the Muslim rulers and local Christians in Seville thought the friars' approach was insane and tried to dissuade them from preaching in this fashion. After admonishing them, however, the ruler of Seville, seeing they were still convinced of their mission, let them go on to Morocco. There too the friars continued to characterize Mohammed as a false prophet; finally, in Marrakesh the caliph Yusuf II had them tortured; afterward, he tried to induce them to embrace Islam, but the friars remained steadfast. Enraged, the young caliph personally beheaded them with a scimitar. The bodies of the martyrs were ransomed and brought to Coimbra, Portugal; the ceremonies around this event inspired a young Portuguese religious to join the Franciscans. He would become famous as Anthony of Padua.

Following his own experience of going among Muslims, Francis in 1221 included the following prescription in the earlier version of the Rule of the Friars Minor, encouraging his brothers when they lived among people of other religions, to first take a path of humble presence, and to preach openly only when they saw it was opportune (chapter 16):

"As for the brothers who go, they can live spiritually among the Saracens and nonbelievers in two ways. One way is not to engage in arguments or disputes but to be subject to every human creature for God’s sake (Ti 3:2 2 Tm 2:14) and to acknowledge that they are Christians (1 Pt 2:13). The other way is to announce the Word of God, when they see it pleases the Lord, in order that [unbelievers] may believe in almighty God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, the Creator of all, the Son, the Redeemer and Savior, and be baptized and become Christians because no one can enter the kingdom of God without being reborn of water and the Holy Spirit (Jn 3:5). . . ."

"And wherever they may be, let all my brothers remember that they have given themselves and abandoned their bodies to the Lord Jesus Christ. For love of Him, they must make themselves vulnerable to their enemies, both visible and invisible, because the Lord says: Whoever loses his life because of me will save it in eternal life. (Lk 9:24 Mt 25:46)."

There is a video of these martyrs available at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agFbC_TDeOk

#saintberardandcompanions #firstfranciscanmartyrs

12/12/2020

Franciscan Intellectual-Spiritual Tradition

On December 12, Catholics in the Americas celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Franciscans were there at the beginning of this story.

As the late Dr. Gary Francisco Keller, Director of the Hispanic Research Center of Arizona State University says, “The Franciscans and Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe go together hand in hand. Franciscans were the first missionaries to come to Nueva España, beginning with Pedro de Gante in 1523 and, in 1524, the Twelve Franciscan Apostles of New Spain . . The work of these Franciscans marked the beginning of the systematic evangelization of the indigenous peoples of Mexico."

Dr. Keller’s Center has available on its website an important source document: the "Nican Mopohua," which narrates the apparitions of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe to Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin (“Talking Eagle”), on December 9, 10, and the culminating day, December 12, 1531. As Dr. Keller continued: “The Franciscan order was the one on watch during those days. Bishop-designate, and subsequently the first bishop of Mexico, Juan de Zumárraga, OFM (1468 – 1548), after a couple of days of hesitation, accepted the authenticity of the apparition of the Virgin of Guadalupe to the humble, devout 'macehualtzin,' Juan Diego, who had agonized about going to the bishop: “Because I am really (just) a man from the country, I am a (porter's) rope, I am a back-frame, a tail, a wing, a man of no importance: I myself need to be led, carried on someone's back; that place you are sending me to is a place where I'm not used to going to or spending any time in, my little Virgin, my Youngest Daughter, my Lady, Beloved Maiden.”

As Dr. Keller concludes: “Juan Diego doubted his ability to carry it off with the bishop but placed his faith in the Holy Mother, ‘my little Virgin,’ and Juan de Zumárraga at first was doubtful and skeptical. Ultimately, they both succeeded. The rest is history.”

To read this fascinating source for yourself- the "Nican Mopohua" - in four languages - Náhuatl (mexicano), and Spanish, English, and Italian translations - go to this website: https://stfrancis.clas.asu.edu/article/huei-tlamahuiçoltica-and-nican-mopohua

For a beautiful reflection by Pope Francis three years ago on the significance of Our Lady of Guadalupe, see (Spanish text first, then English translation): https://whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com/2017/12/si-madre-estas-aqui-y-estamos-contigo.html?fbclid=IwAR0U6yhKkynE62Z6B3emWN_Sf5LAuK7_ZhDAuOoPSXEuiEuuV65SKVlT8lY

11/26/2020

Franciscan Intellectual-Spiritual Tradition

On November 26, as we celebrate Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., Franciscans around the world also honor the memory of St. Leonard of Port Maurice (1676-1751), famous preacher of parish missions.

Leonard was born in the town of Porto Maurizio on the Italian Riviera, then in the Republic of Genoa, where his father was a ship captain. At the age of 13, he was sent to live with an uncle in Rome where he attended the Jesuit college and the Gregorian University to prepare himself for a career in medicine. However, he discerned a religious vocation instead and entered the Reformed Friars Minor of the Strict Observance in Rome in 1697. When he was ordained in 1703, he hoped to spend his life preaching the Gospel in China, but was refused due to his frail health. Instead, he devoted his life to the ministry of evangelization in his homeland.

For 40 years Leonard tirelessly preached parish missions, Lenten sermons, and retreats throughout Italy to draw people to a life of true conversion. For the first decades of his ministry, he was based in Florence, preaching throughout Tuscany, but after 1736 he was stationed in Rome, although he branched out from there for tours in other regions. Enormous crowds would turn out to hear him, leading St. Alphonsus Liguori to call him "the great missionary of the the (18th) century."

Throughout his preaching, he promoted devotion to the Way of the Cross; he erected over 500 sets of "Stations" throughout Italy, most famously in the Roman Coliseum. Exhausted by his long labors, he died in the friary where he had entered the Order, San Bonaventura on the Palatine Hill in Rome, in 1751.
Leonard left many writings: sermons, letters, and devotional treatise. He was beatified in 1796 and was canonized in 1867. Pius XI declared him the patron of all those preaching parish missions. Since 1996, his remains are in the cathedral of his home town, Porto Maurizio.

"In a hundred places in Holy Scripture, God tells us that it is truly his desire to save all people. 'Is it my will that a sinner should die, and not that he should be converted from his ways and live?... I live, says the Lord God. I desire not the death of the sinner. Be converted and live.' When someone wants something very much, it is said that he is dying with desire; this is a hyperbole. But God has wanted and still wants our salvation so much that he died of desire: he suffered death to give us life. This will to save all people is therefore not an affected and superficial will in God; it is a real, effective, and beneficial will; for God provides each of us with all the means most proper for us to be saved."

"What salutary insights will continuous meditation on the bitter passion of the Son of God stir up in the soul! Daily experience has taught me that by the devout prayer of the Way of the Cross people's lives are quickly changed for the better. . . "

"If the Lord at the moment of my death reproves me for being too kind to sinners, I will answer, 'My dear Jesus, if it is a fault to be too kind to sinners, it is a fault I learned from you, for you never scolded anyone who came to you seeking mercy."

St. Leonard of Port Maurice

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