Infinitely loved and totally free

This is why humility, spiritual poverty, is so precious: it locates our identity securely in the one place where it will be safe from all harm. If our treasure is in God, no one can take it from us. Humility is truth. I am what I am in God’s eyes: a poor child who possesses absolutely nothing, who receives everything, infinitely loved and totally free.

~ Fr. Jacques Philippe, Interior Freedom
May 20th, 2015|humility, Poverty|1 Comment

To disclose the image of God

The journey of prayer for Franciscans is the discovery of God at the center of our lives. We pray not to acquire a relationship with God as if acquiring something that did not previously exist. Rather, we pray to disclose the image of God in which we are created, the God within us, that is, the one in whom we are created and in whom lies the seed of our identity. We pray so as to discover what we already have—“the incomparable treasure hidden in the field of the world and of the human heart.(St. Clare)”

~ Ilia Delio, Franciscan Prayer
October 29th, 2014|Prayer, St. Clare of Assisi|0 Comments

The Pope’s briefcase

Pope Francis’s engagement with the Divine Office is an inspiring example of the fruitfulness that comes from a patient and faithful participation in the liturgy of the Church. Let us pray that more people may move beyond their fascination with the Pope’s briefcase, and come to know the treasures that lie within.

~ Br. Innocent Smith, O.P., The Pope’s Well-Worn Breviary | Dominicana Blog

January 30th, 2014|Prayer|6 Comments

The way of perfection…

He would tell his sons that she was the way of perfection, the pledge and earnest of eternal riches. No one was so greedy of gold as he of poverty; no one more careful in guarding a treasure than he in guarding this pearl of the Gospel.

~Thomas of Celano, The Second Life of St. Francis of Assisi

Grant me the treasure of sublime poverty…

Grant me the treasure of sublime poverty: permit the distinctive sign of our order to be that it does not possess anything of its own beneath the sun, for the glory of your name, and that it have no other patrimony than begging.

~St. Francis of Assisi

February 6th, 2010|St. Francis of Assisi (his own words)|0 Comments