With this openness to grace

The rule asks Secular Franciscans to express ardent love for Mary by imitating her complete self-giving and by praying earnestly and confidently. Self-giving is a real characteristic of Christ, and Mary learned it well. It is a difficult task for anyone of us to achieve, but is something we must daily strive to acquire. This article

[9] of the rule indicates how Mary became a self-giving person. “She was the humble servant of the Lord open to his every Word and call.” With this openness to grace, we, too, can find it possible to imitate her as the rule requires.

~ Philip Marquard OFM, Called to Live the Dynamic Power of the Gospel: Commentary on the Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order (SFO Resource Library)

2017-02-20T19:55:28+00:00 September 14th, 2015|Mary, SFO, The Rule, The Secular Franciscan Order|3 Comments

An inexpressible love

Toward the Mother of Jesus he [St. Francis] was filled with an inexpressible love, because it was she who made the Lord of majesty our brother. He sang special Praises to her, poured out prayers to her, offered her his affections, so many and so great that the tongue of man cannot recount them. But what delights us most, he made her the advocate of the order and placed under her wings the sons he was about to leave that she might cherish them and protect them to the end. Hail, advocate of the poor! Fulfill toward us your office of protectress until the time set by the Father.

~ Bl. Thomas of Celano, The Second Life of St. Francis, 198
2015-09-08T23:56:19+00:00 September 8th, 2015|Mary, St. Francis of Assisi (about him)|1 Comment

Not in a place or in a function

His

[St. Francis] assiduous meditation urged him to give her an astonishing title; he would recall how Mary lived on alms for many periods of her life, so he named her the “little poor one,” the “Poverella.” If we remember the real conditions of her life, her frequent traveling and moving, we will realize to what extent her life was poor, itinerant, suffering. Though queen in the eyes of God, she was the Wife of a humble carpenter and lived in a remote and despised village. By this example she teaches us to put our values not in a place or in a function, but in inner dispositions.

~ Benet A. Fonck, OFM, Called to Follow Christ: Commentary on the Secular Franciscan Rule (SFO Resource Library, Vol. 1)

2017-02-20T19:55:36+00:00 August 26th, 2015|Mary, St. Francis of Assisi (about him)|2 Comments