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Gatherings

 
From the Minister 
Pueblo Revolt and the Franciscan Martyrs 
 Paz y Bien from the Infirmarian 
SFO International Council Weekly News 
Evening Prayer of  St. Augustine 
 Calendar of Saints/Feast Days: August 
 
 St. Anthony's Corner 
 Like a Light to the World 
 Miscellaneous 
 Formation 
 
 
 

From the Minister- Christina Imislund

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
    As we approach the doldrums at the end of the summer we tend to slow
down sometimes. This can also happen in our prayer life. Sometimes we
may feel that we cannot pray. Consider the following:
 
I Cannot Pray
(Author Unknown)
 
I cannot say “Our” if my religion has no room for others and their needs.
I cannot say “Father” if I do not demonstrate this relationship in my daily life.
I cannot say “Who Art in Heaven” if all my interests and pursuits are in earthly things.
I cannot say “Hollowed be thy name” if I, who am called by His name, am not holy.
I cannot say “Thy kingdom come” if I am  unwilling to give up my own sovereignty and accept the righteous reign of God.
I cannot say “Thy will be done” if I am unwilling or resentful of having it in my life.
I cannot say “On Earth as it is in Heaven” unless I am truly ready to give myself to His service here and now.
I cannot say “Give us this day our daily bread” without expending honest effort for it or by ignoring the genuine needs of my fellow men.
I cannot say “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us” if I continue to
harbor a grudge against everyone.
I cannot say “Lead us not into temptation” if I deliberately choose to remain in a situation where I am likely to be tempted.
I cannot say “Deliver us from evil” if I am not prepared to fight the spiritual realm with the weapon of prayer.
I cannot say “Thine is the Kingdom” if I do not give the King the disciplined obedience of a loyal subject.
I cannot say “Thine is the power” if I fear what my neighbors and friends may say or do.
I cannot say “Thine is the Glory” if I am seeking my own glory first. I cannot say “Forever” if I am too anxious about each days’ affairs.
I cannot say “Amen” unless......... 

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God’s Word: “Even now I find my joy in the suffering I endure for you. In my own flesh I  fill up what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ for the sake of his body, the Church.” (Col. 1:24)
 
Practice: Trust today and always in God’s ever watchful care of you since, as He told us, not  even a sparrow falls from heaven without His knowing of it. (Mt.11:29)
 
Practice: When you learn of someone lying sick at home, in a hospital or nursing home, try to visit. When you do this, you are the feet of Christ bringing His presence to the afflicted and lonely.

 
Fr. Paul Juniet, OFM- Spiritual Assistant

August 10,1680-August 10,1998
318th Yr Anniv. The Pueblo Revolt and the Franciscan Martyrs
Michael Lente,sfo for Fr. Paul Juniet,OFM (Recovering)

  The history of the southwest is replete with the intermingling of many cultures.
Blessed Kateri’s death in April of 1680 for the Faith foreshadowed the deaths of  21 Friars and one Native American here in the southwest four months later-also for the Faith. Consider the following names as we remember this month’s saints.

   We could probably stretch it a bit and say that the only Native to die for the Faith in this group might have been considered to be a Tertiary-albeit an honorary one. But more importantly, all these men were moved to action by the Holy Spirit as they lovingly preached the Faith. In these days of turmoil and confusion it is still necessary to lovingly preach the Faith to a world that’s lost.
  The Pueblo Revolt of 1680 began over many issues-misunderstandings,  maltreatments and the failure of some to treat fellow human beings as equal. The same situations exist today and the possibilities of martyrship (in many forms) are just as real today. These martyrs of 1680 are our Fraternal Brothers. Let us honor their memory.
 
 

 “Paz y Bien” From the Infirmarian:

  •             LET US KEEP OUR FRANCISCANS IN OUR DAILY PRAYERS:
  • Welcome back to Father Paul after his surgery.
     Prayers are needed for:
     Mary Lou Ruiz who had eye surgery
     Mr. Martinez (Rose’s husband) who is recovering from an aneurysm
     Mary Bates (Fred’s wife) who has her good and bad days. Also a
     prayer for Fred and his daughter
     Mary Trujillo’s sisters are sick and need special prayers as well.
     
     

    SFO INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL Weekly News

    From:CIOFS Bulletin, 1998, N.2-Vol 4 N. 26
    “The Unity of the SFO”
    (The following excerpts are from an address of Friar Valentin Redondo,OFM Conv. as pertaining to
    spiritual assistance to the SFO—)
      “Relying on the laity, one needs to entrust them with tasks of service in the Church, allowing them
    freedom and action, even inviting them opportunely to undertake activities of their own initiative.” We need to help our Secular Franciscan  brothers and sisters to have an ever clearer notion of not only of belonging to an order, the Secular Franciscan Order, but that they ARE the Order.
     
      They received a “norm of life”, that was already found delineated in the first Letter to the Faithful, and was somewhat more developed in the second draft of the same, with these five elements:
    a. love of God
    b. love of neighbor
    c. opposition to the spirit  of the flesh, to sinful  trends and to evil.
    d. celebration of the  sacraments, in par ticular, the Sacra ment of Reconciliation and the Eucharist.
    e. to work in all that  which leads to con version.
      This “unity” of Rule contrasts with the called “obediences” that they have been maintained until today, that are nothing more than a reflection of disunity and separation betwen Conventuals and Observants. Our separations have impinged on the theoretical but not real and practical union of the Secular Franciscan Order which we are called to help recover. They are “secular”, not friars; the SFO is not identified with any of the branches of the First Order or the TOR, not even with their geographical presence or structures......
     
      The same Leo XIII considered the Third Order a “single Order”, when he wrote: “when I
    speak of social reform, I think especially of the Third Order of Saint Francis.” And in other
    part: “The Third Order of Saint Francis organized for social action is capable of giving
    wonderful fruits.” The “inter-obedience” that it appears in the Constitutions of the 1977, was
    the first step to achieve the union of the SFO, which existed from its beginning, but was
    darkened with the division of the First Order into several Families.

    Evening Prayer of St. Augustine

      Watch Thou, O Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight,
    And give Thine Angels and Saints charge over those who sleep.
    Tend thy sick ones, O Lord Christ.
    Rest thy weary ones, Bless thy dying ones, Soothe thy suffering ones,
    Pity thy afflicted ones, Shield thy joyous ones,
    And all for thy love’s sake.
     
    Amen.
     

    Calendar of Saints/Feast Days: August

     2.  Our Lady of the Angels of  Portiuncula. Feast
    11.St. Clare of Assisi,virgin of II  Ord. Feast
    14.St. Maximilian Kolbe,priest of I  Ord. Opt.
    15.Assumption of the Blessed Virgin  Mary.
    25.St. Louis IX, king, member and patron of III Ord.

    St. Clare of Assisi
    (c. 1193-1253)
     
    St. Clare was drawn to join St. Francis as a wandering preacher but could not because she was a woman. Instead she lived in strict enclosure in the convent of San Damiano, where she served as
    abbess and composed its Rule. “If you suffer with Him,” she wrote, “you shall reign with Him.”

    St. Maximilian Kolbe:Saint of Auschwitz

    “I wish to be a saint..I demand that you be saints and great saints.
    Sanctity is not a luxury but it is an obligation..and it is not difficult.”
    (St.Maximilian Kolbe)

      Born in Poland in 1894, the son of poor, devout Catholics, Maximilian Kolbe experienced many interior trials as a seminarian, but he was sustained by a vision of the Blessed Mother who offered him a crown of purity or a crown of martyrdom. He asked for both. Plagued by chronic physical weakness, notable two years in a tuberculosis sanitorium, the young priest went on to form a group of friars called “The Knights of the Immaculata,” dedicated to restoring the world to Christ through Mary.
       In 1941, St. Maximilian was arrested by the Nazis and transported to Auschwitz. When in reprisal for the escape of an inmate, the prison guards selected ten men to be starved to death. St. Maximilian offered to substitute himself for one of the men chosen. With the last surviving four, he was killed by lethal injection.

    Louis IX, King, Patron of the Third Order

     Louis was born in the year 1214. He became king of France at the age of twenty-two. He married and had eleven children to whom he gave excellent training. He was particularly noted for his spirit
    of penance and prayer and his love for the poor. In fuling his kingdom he showed concern not only for the peace of his people but also for their spiritual welfare. He joined the crusade to free the tomb of Christ and died near Carthage in 1270.

    Schedules

    INQUIRER’S CLASSES:
     
    August 8 at 12:30pm and August 23 at 1:30pm at Queen of Angels. Instructor: Joanne Elfers
     
    CANDIDATE CLASSES;
     
    August 8 and August 23 at 1:00pm.Chapters 13 & 14 Queen of Angels. Instructor: Rena Xuereb.
     
    ONGOING FORMATION:
     
    August 23 at 1:30pm. Queen of Angels. Series on the Holy Spirit in preparation for the Jubilee of the Year 2000. Come and celebrate the “year of the Holy Spirit.” ALL PROFESSED MEMBERS WELCOME. Instructor: Louise Baca.
     
    FRATERNITY GATHERING:
     
    August 23 at 2:30pm-21st Sunday.in Ordinary time. Topic: To be announced. at Queen of
    Angels.
     
    COUNCIL MEETING:
     
    August 29 at 1:30. Queen of Angels. Members are encouraged to attend.
     
    SPECIAL WORKSHOP:
     
    All fraternities from our Guadalupe Region are invited to attend the annual Regional Council Meeting at Roger Bacon (2400 Marr St.) in El Paso, Texas, on September 12, 1998 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Accomodations have been prepared with meals, lectures and open discussions.
     
    You are also invited to attend the SFO Regional Picnic on Sept. 13 at Roger Bacon the following day. If you need lodging call Norma Castillo, Regional Secretary at (915) 565-7131 after 8:00 pm.