Interesting short story about the sinking of the Titanic from the May 1914 issue of the Franciscan Herald.

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We wish you all a most blessed Feast of St. Anthony of Padua!  A special wish goes out to Frs. Pfeiffer and Hewko, the brothers and sisters of the Third Order Secular of St. Francis, and the cordbearers of the Archconfraternity of the Cord of St. Francis.

 

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It was announced today by the Holy See Press Office that Pope Francis’ anticipated encyclical on the environment will be made public on Thursday June 18, 2015 during a press conference.  The title of the encyclical is “Laudato Si”.  This title is taken from the “Canticle of the Sun” composed by St. Francis of Assisi.  Make no mistake about; St. Francis would not want to be associated with this abominable encyclical!  And if this encyclical contains the thesis that climate change is caused by man, don’t believe it!

 

I believe that this encyclical is a major step towards trying to unite mankind under a one world religion and one world government.  Note in the Holy See Press Office bulletin linked above that one of the speakers will be a schismatic Orthodox bishop.

 

Pope Francis is planning to address the U.S Congress on September 24, 2015 and then the United Nations the following day.  I am sure this encyclical will form part of those addresses.

 

Warn your family and friends not to believe the falsehoods!

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La Porte Latine, the official SSPX website in France, has published a letter from the Franciscan monastery in Morgon, France: Franciscan Tertiary Letter No. 266 of March/­April 2015 (http://laportelatine.org/publications/editos/2015/15_04_primaute_de_la_doctrine_lettre_tertiaire_franciscaine.php).
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The letter is a masterpiece, presenting in Archbishop Lefebvre’s own words the position that there must be no agreement with Rome until Rome converts.
 

So, given that Morgon has a history of sitting on the fence during the current crisis, given that the article is hosted by an official SSPX website, given that the French district is run by one of the most liberal Superiors, does this mean that the SSPX has again changed course? That now, the SSPX has joined the Resistance?
 

Let’s consider what the article is saying – it presents the view of the Archbishop, and the first Superior of the SSPX responding to a liberal priest (Dom Gerard), but all of the article, except for the final paragraph, presents what the views of these people were many years ago. Then it presents one comment of Bishop Tissier de Mallerais from 2014.
 

So, reading the article, you have a nice warm feeling that all is well.
 

However, does the article correctly portray what the SSPX leadership is currently proclaiming? Clearly not. The hierarchy proclaims to all who will listen that they want an agreement with Rome, that they intend to convert Rome from within, and that they are looking for the proper structure within Rome to accomplish this.
 

So why would Morgon publish this article and why would the SSPX leadership post this on their website?
 

Could this have anything to do with the recent events in the Resistance? In particular, the recent Consecration of Bishop Faure by Bishop Williamson? Since Bishop Faure is highly respected world-wide, they may well be afraid that the Resistance may no longer have the image of a bunch of independent, disobedient loose cannons. Remember that the SSPX is highly conscious of image these days! Perhaps the SSPX leadership is afraid that more of their currently docile priests could take heart and join the Resistance. Perhaps there are more priests like Fr MacDonald waiting for the right opportunity to make a move. Fr MacDonald did make reference to priests in England who are very solid and are not going to join Rome. In fact, there may be another Resistance priory about to be set up in London.
 

So, if London is waking up, maybe it is time for the SSPX to do some major damage control.
 

Morgon also has lost tertiaries to the Resistance, and many still inside the Third Order fraternities that report to Morgon are complaining about the lack of direction by Morgon on how to deal with the crisis. By issuing this statement, Morgon too may well be doing major damage control.
 

So, take the article with a grain of salt. It does reflect the position held by Archbishop Lefebvre years ago, and since Rome has not changed for the better, the article should reflect the views of Morgon and of the NSSPX today. But does it? In the case of the NSSPX, the evidence is overwhelming – it does not.
 

But nobody seems to clearly understand the position currently held by Morgon.

 

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Speaking to Fr. Joseph Pfeiffer this morning, he said that the Third Order Secular of St. Francis and the Archconfraternity of the Cord of St. Francis are open to any Catholic worldwide that holds the same line as the SSPX-Marian Corps.  Deo gratias!

 

Until fraternities and chapters get established elsewhere, Toronto will be the world headquarters of the Third Order and Calgary will be the world headquarters of the Archconfraternity of the Cord.

 

Third Order Contact:

info@ecclesiamilitans.com

 

Archconfraternity Contact:

rvnord@xplornet.ca

  

Praise be to Thee

  

From The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Photos are added.
 
Click the picture to see a larger version.

  

Pax et Bonum

 

Sister Constance TOSF

 
 

Feast of the Purification

2 February 2015

I wish you all a most blessed Feast of the Purification.  Today is also the day that we honour Our Lady under Her title of “Good Success”.  We hope to have pictures of a pilgrimage in Quito, Ecuador to the Royal Convent of the Immaculate Conception made by members of the Fraternity of St. Mary of the Angels.  They are visiting the Royal Convent because during this time the miraculous statue of Our Lady of Good Success is displayed.

 

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Dear Franciscan Tertiaries,

 

Here is a prayer that you can say daily to consecrate yourselves to the Seraphic Father.

 

Seraphic Patriarch St. Francis. So like unto Jesus, even from thy birth, in thy being born in a stable, and like him, laid in a manger. So like unto Jesus during thy lifetime, in thy burning zeal for souls. So like unto Jesus at thy death, having thy hands and thy feet pierced with nails and thy side opened as with a lance.

 

O favourite of the Sacred Heart of Jesus! So inflamed with His sweet and gentle, yet burning spirit of Divine Love. I, N., consecrate myself to thee, praying thee to obtain from God for me – even as thou wert wont to pray – the most sweet and ardent gift of His Divine Love, that my heart’s affections and my whole soul may be detached from every creature and thus be united to Him in time and eternity. Amen. My God and my All.

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The First Nativity Scene

21 December 2014

The world is indebted to St Francis for giving us the beautiful custom of the Nativity Scene. 

 

The following extract is taken from: http://www.fisheaters.com/adventcribs.html While it is not a traditional site, the entire document gives an informative account of how and why St Francis set up the first Nativity Scene:

 

St. Bonaventure, who wrote another biography of St. Francis, described the institution of the crib like this:

 

Now three years before his death it befell that he was minded, at the town of Greccio, to celebrate the memory of the Nativity of the Child Jesus, with all the added solemnity that he might, for the kindling of devotion. That this might not seem an innovation, he sought and obtained license from the Supreme Pontiff, and then made ready a manger, and bade that hay, together with an ox and ass, be brought unto the spot. The friars were called together, the folk assembled, the wood echoed with their voices, and that august night was made radiant and solemn with many bright lights, and with tuneful and sonorous praises. The man of God, filled with tender love, stood before the manger, bathed in tears, and overflowing with joy. 

 

Solemn Masses were celebrated over the manger, Francis, the levite of Christ, chanting the Holy Gospel. Then he preached unto the folk standing around at the Birth of the King of poverty, calling Him, when he wished to name Him, the Child of Bethlehem, by reason of his tender love for Him. A certain knight, valorous and true, Messer Giovanni di Greccio, who for the love of Christ had left the secular army and was bound by closest friendship unto the man of God, declared that he beheld a little Child right fair to see, sleeping in that manger, who seemed to be awakened from sleep when the blessed Father Francis embraced Him in both arms. This vision of the devout knight is rendered worthy of belief, not alone through the holiness of him that beheld it, but is also confirmed by the truth that it set forth, and withal proven by the miracles that followed it. For the example of Francis, if meditated upon by the world, must needs stir up sluggish hearts unto the faith of Christ; for even the hay that was taken from the manger by the folk proved a marvellous remedy for sick beasts, and a preventative against divers other plagues, God magnifying by all means His servant, and making manifest by clear and miraculous portents the efficacy of his holy prayers.

 

The history of the Nativity Scene should be of interest to all. I would especially like to encourage parents and grandparents to foster this beautiful tradition. Not only is the Nativity story attractive to children, its historical relevance should interest both the young and the old. 

 

So, in the spirit of St Francis, let us honour the beautiful tradition of the Nativity and transmit its history to future generations.

 

And be creative! For example, make your own Nativity scene using cardboard/construction paper. Have the children colour and cut out the figures. Have the older children do research on the various heroes of the Nativity. Have them present their findings. Have them act out scenes.

 

Remember that Christmas season extends until Candlemas (Feb 2) and so you and your children will have plenty of time for creative Nativity work!

 

Pax et Bonum

 

Sister Constance TOSF

 

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