“Seek God…”

“You can, you must try to seek God in every human life.  Although the life of a person is land full of thorns and weeds, there  is always a space in which the good seed can grow. You have to trust God.”  (Pope Francis)


“I will not reject anyone…”

 “Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and I will not reject anyone who comes to me.” (John 6:37)


“The Church must be…”

“The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel.”​ (Pope Francis) 
 


Unfulfilled Potentials

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and dreams. Think not your frustrations, but your unfulfilled potential.”
(Pope John XXIII)
 


“Justice of God incarnate”

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord!” (Luke 1:46) When I recently prayed anew over Mary’s beautiful Magnificat proclamation, I realised what a wonderful exception this is. A prophetic, powerful word, so necessary to be heard, is not silenced – even though spoken by a young woman! Mary proclaims a revolutionary Savior who casts down the mighty and feeds the hungry. Justice of God incarnate! Surely a message for today. But today the episcopal and canonical structures of our Church – not the evangelical and grace-filled structures – would not allow Mary to vote in official church gatherings, hold key leadership roles in Vatican offices, and participate in decision-making structures. Truly, our Catholic Church has no future if we continue to silence God’s words spoken and lived through women. As a male in today’s Catholic Church, I don’t want Mary and her companions silenced any longer….And I believe Jesus is with me.” (Cf. https://overcomingsilence.com/. Pete Henriot, S.J. Member Zambia-Malawi Jesuit Province)


Troubled Waters

I asked God, “Why are you taking me through troubled waters?” He replied, “Because your enemies can’t swim.” 


Givers

The happiest person in life are givers not the receiver.


Grief

Grief
By Mindful Christianity Today
 
Grief never ends…
But it changes.
It’s a passage, not a place to stay.
Grief is not a sign
of weakness, nor
a lack of faith…
It is the price of love. 


Corpus Christi

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
 
“The Eucharist, although it is the fullness of sacramental life, is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak.” (Pope Francis)
 
“The Eucharist is our living Memorial. In the Eucharist, as the Council recalls, ‘is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself our Pasch and the living bread which gives life to men through his flesh – that flesh which is given life and gives life through the Holy Spirit. Thus, men are invited and led to offer themselves, their works and all creation with Christ…’ (Presbyterorum ordinis, n. 5).” (Pope Benedict XVI)
 
“Without prolonged moments of adoration, of prayerful encounter with the word, of sincere conversation with the Lord, our work easily becomes meaningless; we lose energy as a result of weariness and difficulties, and our fervor dies out. The Church urgently needs the deep breath of prayer, and to my great joy groups devoted to prayer and intercession, the prayerful reading of God’s word and the perpetual adoration of the Eucharist are growing at every level of ecclesial life.” (Pope Francis)


Ecumenical Friends

Ecumenical Friends
“That they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you.” (John 17:21)
An invitation to Religious Orders and Churches to be Ecumenical Friends with the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical.
 
What does it mean to be “ecumenical friends?”
 
These are some of the things that reflect what that means: To pray regularly for the unity of the Church; to be rooted in a particular Christian tradition; to take an active part in the careful and honest appraisal of whatever needs to be done for the renewal of one’s own church; to be fascinated and curious about that which is different; to be willing to learn; to cultivate an historical consciousness; to be ready to celebrate vitality in the Body of Christ wherever it is found; to be willing to work together; to feel the scandal of our divisions; to be open to God’s will for the Church; to appreciate the important role of provisional regulations and church structures in our evolution from alienation to reconciliation; to have an appreciation for the hierarchy of truths in Christian doctrine; to try to understand others as they understand themselves; to be alert to the presence of God and the action of the Holy Spirit in the lives of other Christians and members of other living faiths; and to have a biblical patience.
 
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Most Holy Trinity

Most Holy Trinity
By Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo+, OFE
 
The divine Trinity takes up his abode in us on the day of our Baptism: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”. Every time we sign ourselves with the sign of the Cross we remember God’s name in which we were baptized. With regard to the sign of the Cross a theologian, Romano Guardini, remarked: “We do it before praying so that… we may put ourselves spiritually in order; focus thoughts, heart and will on God; after praying, so that what God has given us may remain within us…. It embraces the whole being, body and soul… and everything is consecrated in the name of the Triune God” (Lo spirito della liturgia. I santi segni, Brescia, 2000, pp. 125-126).
 
What is the dogma of the Holy Trinity?
 
The Trinity is One. We do not confess three Gods, but one God in three persons, the “consubstantial Trinity”. The divine persons do not share the one divinity among themselves but each of them is God whole and entire: “The Father is that which the Son is, the Son that which the Father is, the Father and the Son that which the Holy Spirit is, i.e. by nature one God.” In the words of the Fourth Lateran Council (1215), “Each of the persons is that supreme reality, viz., the divine substance, essence or nature.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 253)
 
The divine persons are really distinct from one another. “God is one but not solitary.” “Father”, “Son”, “Holy Spirit” are not simply names designating modalities of the divine being, for they are really distinct from one another: “He is not the Father who is the Son, nor is the Son he who is the Father, nor is the Holy Spirit he who is the Father or the Son.” They are distinct from one another in their relations of origin: “It is the Father who generates, the Son who is begotten, and the Holy Spirit who proceeds.” The divine Unity is Triune. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 254)
 
The divine persons are relative to one another. Because it does not divide the divine unity, the real distinction of the persons from one another resides solely in the relationships which relate them to one another: “In the relational names of the persons the Father is related to the Son, the Son to the Father, and the Holy Spirit to both. While they are called three persons in view of their relations, we believe in one nature or substance.” Indeed “everything (in them) is one where there is no opposition of relationship.” “Because of that unity the Father is wholly in the Son and wholly in the Holy Spirit; the Son is wholly in the Father and wholly in the Holy Spirit; the Holy Spirit is wholly in the Father and wholly in the Son.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 255)


The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer
 
“The traditional expression “the Lord’s Prayer” – oratio Dominica – means that the prayer to our Father is taught and given to us by the Lord Jesus. The prayer that comes to us from Jesus is truly unique: it is “of the Lord.” On the one hand, in the words of this prayer the only Son gives us the words the Father gave him:13 he is the master of our prayer. On the other, as Word incarnate, he knows in his human heart the needs of his human brothers and sisters and reveals them to us: he is the model of our prayer.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church Number 2765)
 
“But Jesus does not give us a formula to repeat mechanically.14 As in every vocal prayer, it is through the Word of God that the Holy Spirit teaches the children of God to pray to their Father. Jesus not only gives us the words of our filial prayer; at the same time he gives us the Spirit by whom these words become in us “spirit and life.”15 Even more, the proof and possibility of our filial prayer is that the Father “sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!'”16 Since our prayer sets forth our desires before God, it is again the Father, “he who searches the hearts of men,” who “knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”17 The prayer to Our Father is inserted into the mysterious mission of the Son and of the Spirit.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church Number 2766)


Pentecost

Pentecost
 
“The Church of Christ is always, so to speak, in a situation of Pentecost: she is always gathered in the Upper Room in prayer, and at the same time, driven by the powerful wind of the Spirit, she is always on the streets preaching.” (Pope John Paul II)
 
“If the Lord has left us ignorant of the ordering of many things in this world, then it means it is not necessary for us to know: we cannot compass all creation with our minds. But the Creator Himself of heaven and earth and every created thing gives us to know Him in the Holy Spirit.” (St. Silouan the Athonite, “Wisdom from Mount Athos”)
 
“Pentecost is the moment when a heart of stone is shattered and a heart of flesh takes its place.” (Fr Raneiro Cantalamessa)
 
“Without Pentecost the Christ-event – the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus – remains imprisoned in history as something to remember, think about and reflect on. The Spirit of Jesus comes to dwell within us, so that we can become living Christs here and now.” (Henri Nouwen)
 
“The Pentecost of the Upper Room in Jerusalem is the beginning a beginning which endures.” (Pope Francis)
 
“Jesus tells us that His holy Disciples will be more courageous and more understanding when they would be, as the Scripture says, Endowed with power from on high (Luke 24:49), and that when their minds would be illuminated by the torch of the Spirit they would be able to see into all things, even though no longer able to question Him bodily present among them. The Saviour does not say that they would no longer as before need the light of His guidance, but that when they received His Spirit, when He was dwelling in their hearts, they would not be wanting in any good thing, and their minds would be filled with most perfect knowledge.” (St. Cyril of Alexandria)


Crisis and Scandal

Crisis and Scandal
By Abbot Father Michael Cuozzo+, OFE
 
This Pentecost, still as the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy continues to fan the flames – not of the Holy Spirit – but crisis and scandal, silence and injustice, the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical remains committed to “repair my Church” we love.
 
Order of Franciscans Ecumenical will continue to voice our story; seek out laborers and advisors for our mission; await a college of bishops to rise to oversee our mission; and seek to openly serve the Roman Catholic Church and minister within Roman Catholic ecclesiastical jurisdictions.
 


Inspirational

“Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13)
“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear or be in dread of them: for it is the LORD your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)
“Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:20-21)
“Cast all your anxieties on him, for he cares about you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21)
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

“Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Psalm 119:105)

“Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Matthew 7:7)
“Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14)
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5)
“O taste and see that the LORD is good! Happy is the man who takes refuge in him!” (Psalm 34:8)
“We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.”  (Romans 8:28)
“So, we do not lose heart. Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed every day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, because we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
“For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)