lunedì 25 settembre 2017

Novena to Saint Francis of Assisi



 SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISSI: NOVENA AND TRANSITUS


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Day ONE
Theme:       FAITH
1)      Opening Hymn (St Francis)
2)      Scripture Reading: Rom 5: 1-7
3)      Franciscan Reading: LM 2: 4 P. 538 – Francis of Assisi : The Founder, Vol. II

4) Reflection on Faith

            Faith is a treasure at our disposal from where we draw strength and wisdom when the need arises. It is a priceless gift in our interior. Faith is to know God and Jesus Christ whom He sent. In the midst of difficulties of life, our faith allows us to cling to certain things and beliefs with steadfastness, simply that God exists and knows it all. If we take our faith for granted then we will take our vocation for granted as well. It is with faith that we accepted our call from God and with faith we should live it. Faith is believing and living all that the church teaches and practices: in God as one and three persons, in the sacraments especially Eucharist, in the traditions of the church and in the Blessed Virgin Mary. Without faith, no meaning and no reason for living because it is the foundation of the Christian life in general and the religious life in particular. .Faith is not a thing or an ideology but a relationship with God. St. Francis was a man of faith and so as his followers let us follow his example.

SAINT FRANCOIS D'ASSISE: NEUVAINE




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NEUVAINE À SAINT FRANÇOIS D’ASSISE



  

La fête de Saint-François
le 4 octobre

Neuvaine à dire du 26 septembre au 4 octobre
En 1181 ou 1182, naît à Assise Jean, fils de Pierre Bernardone et de Dame Pica. Le père est un riche marchand drapier, et lors de son retour de France, il surnomme son fils François. François est un boute-en-train, et toute la jeunesse d’Assise profite de ses largesses. Il rêve de devenir chevalier, ce qui serait une promotion sociale pour lui qui fait partie des Minores.
Après la guerre d’Assise contre Pérouse il reste captif là-bas pendant environ un an ; s’ensuit une longue maladie. Lors d’un départ comme chevalier, la voix du Seigneur lui dit qu’il ne faut pas servir le serviteur mais le Maître. Petit à petit la vie de François change, il se convertit à la volonté sur Seigneur.

venerdì 23 giugno 2017

OFS Netherlands elective chapter 2017



The national Fraternity of OFS-Netherlands held an elective chapter in Huiz Elizabeth, Denekamp from 9th to 11th June this year. OFS-Netherlands has some 230 members belonging to some 13 local Fraternities. The national elective chapter is a very important moment of the life of each national fraternity. At this event, all professed members (or delegates, according to the national Statutes and as is the case here) come together to choose by secrete ballot the Council and Minister who are to guide and animate the national fraternity for the next mandate, which is generally a three-year period.  

The elective session will normally be preceeded by a working session particularly marked by a report from the out-going national Minister covering the past three years, and a financial report from the Treasurer or Financial Secretary. Other reports too may be made. The eletive session of the recent chapter was precided by Màrton Beke, OFS Hungary, delegated by Tibor Kauser, OFS General minister. The working session was coordinated by Fr. Rob Hoogenboom, OFM Provincial Minister of the Netherlands. 


The Conference of General Spiritual Assistants was represented by Fr. Francis Bongajum Dor, OFMCap. At the elections that was done on Saturday June 10th after the normal invocation of the Holy Spirit, the following were chosen to constitute 



the national Council for the next three years: 
Theo Reuling - National minister (first term)
Marianne Versteegh - National vice minister (First term)
Michel Versteegh - Treasurer and International Councilor Substitute
Secretary - Gijs ter Veer
Formator - Jan Biljsma
National Spiritual assitant (Not eletected) - Wim Pot, OFM.



lunedì 23 gennaio 2017

Immagine Ben Brevoort (OFMCap)


Fra. Benitius Brevoort, OFMCap. 
Nascita: 04/03/1938 in Kota Raja, Diocesi di Meda, Indonesia.
Professione temporanea: 31/08/1957
Professione Perpetua: 31/08/1960
Ordinazione Presbiterale: 22/02/1964
Assistente Generale OFS-GiFra: 1990-2002
RIP: 17/01/2017 in Medan, Indonesia
Guaridano del Convento di Garbatella-Roma, 2012-2015.




martedì 17 gennaio 2017

Ben Brevoort


Fra Benitius Brevoort, OFMCap
(Fra Ben Brevoort)
Assistente Generale OFS-GiFra  (1990-2002)
                   RIP, Indonesia, 17 febbraio 2017



“Lui era un buon uomo e un buon frate che ha dato molto all'OFS, e sicuramente a tante altre persone e istituzioni. Ricordo come fino all'anno scorso ancora ci aiutava come interprete durante gli incontri della Presidenza con chiarezza e efficacia, con generosità e semplicità.  Che Dio gli dia il premio di un servo buono e fedele.”       Fr. Amando Trujillo Cano, TOR.

 “Fra Ben, buon uomo e buon frate ha fatto molto all'OFS, e sempre ci aiutava con generosità e semplicità. Che Dio gli dia il premio di un servo buono e fedele”.  Fr. José Antonio Cruz Duarte,  Fr. Pedro Zitha. OFM.

"It is with a heavy heart that I offer my most sincere condolences on the death of our brother, Fr. Ben Brevoort.  I have know Fr. Ben for almost as long as I have been a Secular Franciscan, having first met him when he came on a visit to the National Fraternity of Canada in the early 90's.  Since then, our paths have crossed frequently.  He was so gifted, especially with languages, and the OFS International Presidency benefited greatly from his skills in this area and his willing generosity to share his gifts with us.  He was such a wonderful example of a brother who loved and embraced his vocation. I think it can also be said that he had a "weak spot" for Secular Franciscans.  He will surely be missed by the entire Franciscan Family. You, along with the members of your Capuchin community, will be in my thoughts and prayers during these days of grief and loss. I am consoled with the thought that he will surely continue to intercede for all of us ... on the other side of the veil". Doug Clorey, ofs  Cornwall, Prince Edward Island,  CANADA.


mercoledì 16 novembre 2016

L'ORDINE FRANCESCANO SECOLARE IN BREVE

Per saperne di più e in breve sull'Ordine Francescano Secolare:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqaetqWNg_I

Saint Elizabeth, Patroness of the Secular Franciscan Order.

Image of St. Elizabeth of Hungary

Facts

Feastday: November 17
Patron of bakers, beggars, brides, charities, death of children and Patronness of the Secular Franciscan Order, (together with Saint Louise, King of France).
Birth: 1207
Death: 1231

St. Elizabeth of Hungary, also known as St. Elizabeth of Thuringia, was born in Hungary on July 7, 1207 to the Hungarian King Andrew II and Gertrude of Merania.
As soon as her life began, she had responsibilities from being a royal pressed upon her. While Elizabeth was very young, her father arranged for her to be married to Ludwig IV of Thuringia, a German nobleman. Because of this plan, Elizabeth was sent away at the age of four for education at the court of the Landgrave of Thuringia.
Elizabeth's mother, Gertrude, was murdered in 1213, when Elizabeth was just six-years-old. According to history, the murder was carried out by Hungarian noblemen due to the conflict between Germans and the Hungarian nobles. From this point on, Elizabeth's perspective on life and death dramatically changed and she sought peace with prayer.
Happiness was returned to her young life in 1221 when she was formally married to Ludwig, whom she deeply loved. Together the couple had three beautiful children, two of whom became members of nobility and the third entering the religious life, becoming abbess of a German convent.
Elizabeth continued to live a life full of prayer and a service to the poor. Ludwig, who was now one of the rulers of Thuringia, supported all of Elizabeth's religious endeavors even though she was a part of the royal court.  She began to lead an austerely simple life, practiced penance, and devoted herself to works of charity. She used her royal position to advance her mission for charity.
In 1223, Franciscan friars arrived in Thuringia and taught 16-year-old Elizabeth all about Francis of Assisi's ideals. She then forth decided to live her life mirroring his.
She wore simple clothing and set aside time every day to take bread to hundreds of poor people in her land. Ludwig and Elizabeth were politically powerful and lived with a remarkable generosity toward the poor.
In 1226, when disease and floods struck Thuringia, Elizabeth took to caring for the victims. It is said she even gave away the royal's clothing and goods to the afflicted people. Elizabeth had a hospital built and provided for almost a thousand poor people daily.
Elizabeth's life was full of love and faith. However, tragedy struck when Ludwig passed away from illness in 1227. It is said upon hearing the news, she said, "He is dead. He is dead. It is to me as if the whole world died today." His remains were entombed at the Abbey of Reinhardsbrunn.
Elizabeth vowed to never remarry and to live a life similar to a nun, despite pressure from relatives.
Her vows included celibacy and an agreement of complete obedience to her confessor and spiritual director, Master Conrad of Marburg. His treatment of Elizabeth was very strict and often harsh. He held her to a standard that many saw as impossible to meet. He provided physical beatings and sent away her children. However, she continued to keep her vow, even offering to cut off her own nose, so she woud be too ugly for any man to want.
In 1228, Elizabeth joined the Third Order of St. Francis. Elizabeth, having received her dowry, founded a hospital in honor of St. Francis, where she personally attended to the ill. She ministered to the sick and provided support to the poor.
Elizabeth's life was consumed deeply by her devotion to God and her charitable labor. She passed away at the age of 24, on November 17, 1231 in Marburg, Hesse.
St. Elizabeth has been praised by Pope Benedict XVI as a "model for those in authority."