On Sunday June 28, 2015 in Connecticut, Fr. Joseph Pfeiffer received Sr. Mariana Elizabeth of New Hampshire as a postulant of the Third Order Secular of St. Francis.  Deo gratias!

 

On Tuesday July 7, 2015 in New Zealand, Fr. Francois Chazal received Br. Theophilus and Sr. Bonaventura as postulants of the Third Order Secular of St. Francis.  Deo gratias again!  They are the first postulants outside of North America of the Third Order under the care of the SSPX-Marian Corps.

 

We welcome all three postulants to the Fraternity of St. Mary of the Angels.

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This article is from the October 1914 issue of the Franciscan Herald.

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This article is from the August 1914 issue of the Franciscan Herald.

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This article is from the July 1914 issue of the Franciscan Herald.

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Today I begin the posting of a series of articles regarding the work of social reform called upon by the popes, especially Leo XIII, of the Third Order Secular of St. Francis. Whereas the primary purpose of the Third Order Secular is the sanctification of the individual, to stick only to this purpose would not be fulfilling the mandate that the popes of the late 19th and 20th centuries (prior to Vatican II) imposed upon tertiaries. As Pope Leo XIII had once said, “My plan for social reform is the Rule of the Third Order of St. Francis.” The Rule and Constitutions of the Third Order Secular of St. Francis make it clear that tertiaries have a duty to spread the Kingdom of Jesus Christ on this earth.

 

The first article is entitled “St. Francis’s Ideal of Social Reform”. It is taken from the September 1914 issue of the Franciscan Herald.

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The Third Order Secular of St. Francis and Catholic Action, the co-operation of the Catholic laity with the clergy in their efforts to establish the reign of Christ in the hearts of men, go hand in hand.  Article 81 of the Constitutions of the Third Order Secular states the following:

 

“In  keeping with the mind of the supreme pontiffs, the directors and the members of the Seraphic Order shall readily support and carry out, in full co-operation with the ecclesiastical superiors, the projects proposed by them in their respective nations, regions, dioceses, or parishes, and in particular the work of Catholic Action.”

 

The idea of involving Franciscan tertiaries with Catholic Action was not invented under the reign of Pope Pius XII during which time the Constitutions were promulgated.  Rather, it stretches back decades to Pope Leo XIII and Pope St. Pius X.

 

Here is an article taken from the September 1914 issue of the Franciscan Herald that briefly discusses this topic.

 

A great combination today would be the Third Order Secular of St. Francis and the League of Christ the King.  Both are under the auspices of the SSPX-Marian Corps.  Please do consider joining.

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St Anthony of Padua was also known as the ‘Hammer of Heretics’. He was a younger contemporary of St Francis. Listen to Father’s powerful sermon about this great Franciscan saint!
 
 

 
 

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Here is an article taken from the May 1913 issue of the Franciscan Herald.  What a difference this viewpoint is from that taken by the current Church hierarchy.

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A story of St Anthony of Padua teaching us to curb our temper:
 
 
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Taken from Saint Anthony The Wonder Worker of Padua by Charles Warren Stoddard page 52

 
 

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To suffer everything patiently for the love of Christ.

 

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“For, above all the graces and gifts of the Holy Spirit, which Christ has given to His friends, is that of conquering oneself, and suffering willingly for the love of Christ all pain and ill-usage.”
(St. Francis of Assisi, taken from “The Ideals of St. Francis”, Fr. Hilarin Felder, O.F.M. Cap., Benzinger Brothers, 1925)

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