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Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
3:30 pm
[bellaunbound]
Tile
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I saw this tile a few nights ago while exploring the streets of San Juan after dinner.

It was set into the side of a home.

I didn't even recognize it as St. Francis when I first spied it, it was dark and I just thought it was a lovely photo.

I think it's beautiful and I wanted to share it.

May everyone have a thoughtful and restorative Ash Wednesday and Lenten season.
Saturday, March 13th, 2010
11:02 am
[thebarkingpig]
New for Christians with ADD/ADHD
New Community for Christians with ADD
Hey everyone!
I'm very excited to say that I just started a new LJ community that I think will be really wonderful once it gets going!
It's called wriggleyfish, and the goal is for it to be a safe space for Christians with ADD/ADHD to share their thoughts and experiences, support each other, ask questions and get helpful answers, grow together, and whatever else God might do with it!
I've been really blessed by the adults_add community, but have found that there is a real need for a community where Christianity can be the overtones while we discuss ADD, and where an understanding of ADD can play into our discussions of theology.
I hope you will check it out, and please join if it fits the bill for you - I think that once people join amd start talking it can become a really delightful, thriving community!
Message me if you have any thoughts/questions!
God bless!


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Wednesday, February 17th, 2010
8:50 pm
[bellaunbound]
Lent 2010
I began my Lenten days shortly after noon, when I walked to the hospital chapel to have the ecumenical minister place ashes on my forehead.

I missed the more formal Catholic masses that I used to attend before medical school, before Boston, before a subinternship in transplant surgery.

I felt a little strange, just popping in to the chapel and then popping out again, newly anointed with ashes but otherwise the same- tired, grubby, scrubs sagging, hair frizzy.

For the last few years, I have given up animal products during Lent- becoming a vegan until Easter. As I follow a primarily vegetarian diet, this isn't too much of a stretch, but it is enough of a reminder to think about food, our environment, our choices, and the people who are forced to do without on a daily basis.

I am also planning to pray more regularly- something daily is my goal.

But I haven't figured out my third pillar yet, the "almsgiving" or doing-unto-others part. I want to make a realistic commitment that will maybe push me out of my comfort zone a little, but I'm coming up short on inspiration.

This year, I am also dating a man who really is interested in Lenten practice (he is nonreligious) and very supportive of my spirituality. We were discussing Lent last night, and he told me that he would like to try it, the idea of a 40 day period of abstaining from something, trying to grow spiritually, and doing something deliberately proactive and good for the earth/others. So in some ways, I have extra support to really try and stretch myself and open my mind and reconnect spiritually this year.

I would love some ideas/suggestions.

Would anyone else like to share their plans?

Current Mood: curious
Sunday, December 13th, 2009
10:03 am
[bellaunbound]
Wrong Reasons
This advent, it feels like I am attending mass for all of the wrong reasons: superstition, fear, habit.

I had a rough 2009- and haven't felt terribly plugged in to a normally strng sense of spirituality. I belong to a great Franciscan Church, but it's me that's the problem.

I'm in a slump.

Current Mood: cranky
Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
7:56 am
[bluesafyrefla]
St. Francis Forgives and Blesses His Brothers
October 20

St. Francis Forgives and Blesses His Brothers

When St. Francis’s death was at hand, he said to one of his brothers, “Now God is calling me. I pardon all my brothers present and absent for all their offenses and sins; and insofar as I can, I absolve them. Tell them this, and bless them for me.”

-- Celano, First Life 109

Current Mood: contemplative
7:55 am
[bluesafyrefla]
St. Francis Blesses the City of Assisi
October 19

St. Francis Blesses the City of Assisi

Lord, it is believed that in olden days this city was a refuge of evil people. But now it is clear that in your large mercy and at a time of your choosing, you have shown your special super-abundant compassion. Through your goodness alone, you have chosen Assisi to be a place of refuge for those who know you in truth, who give glory to your holy name, and who waft toward all Christian people the perfume of right reputation, holy life, true doctrine, and evangelical perfection. Therefore I pray you, O Lord Jesus Christ, father of mercies, that you not dwell on our ingratitude, but remember always the immense compassion you have shown this city. Let it always be a place of refuge for those who really know you and glorify your blessed name forever. Amen.

-- Mirror of Perfection, 124

Current Mood: contemplative
Saturday, October 17th, 2009
8:17 pm
[bluesafyrefla]
A Brief Will and Testament
October 17

A Brief Will and Testament

St. Francis said, “Because I haven’t much strength to talk, tormented as I am with the pain of my illness, I shall make three brief statements of my will concerning the brothers. In memory of the blessing and testament I leave them, they should always love and be faithful to our lady Holy Poverty; and they should always be loyal subjects of the prelates and priests of Holy Mother Church.”

-- Legend of Perugia, 62

Current Mood: contemplative
Friday, October 16th, 2009
9:22 pm
[bluesafyrefla]
His Last Illness
October 16

His Last Illness

Brothers and my dearest sons, do not let my illness become a burden to you. God, in his love for me his servant, will repay you in this life and in the next, giving you the fruit of those works you cannot now attend to, because you are preoccupied with caring for me. You would not receive any greater recompense than had you done those works yourselves; for in helping me, you helped the whole Order and the very life of the brothers. You can even say to me, “We are spending a lot on your account, and the Lord will be in our debt because of you.”

-- Mirror of Perfection, 89

Current Mood: contemplative
Thursday, October 15th, 2009
8:08 am
[bluesafyrefla]
The Angels Our Companions
October 15

The Angels Our Companions

Francis venerated most affectionately the angels who are with us on the field of battle and who walk with us in the midst of the shadow of death. We should venerate these companions, he would say, who are with us everywhere, and we should call upon them as our guardians. He used to teach that we should not offend their presence by doing in their sight what we would not do before people.

-- Celano, Second Life, 197

Current Mood: contemplative
Wednesday, October 14th, 2009
7:09 am
[bluesafyrefla]
From Tears to Inner Light
October 14

From Tears to Inner Light

St. Francis had attained a wondrous purity of soul and body, yet he never stopped purifying the eyes of his spirit with a flood of tears, despite the fact that it was damaging his bodily sight. As a result of his continual weeping, he developed a serious eye disease. But when the doctor tried to persuade him to restrain his tears if he wanted to prevent blindness, St. Francis replied, “Brother Doctor, we shouldn’t, in order to preserve that light we share in common with the flies, refuse even the smallest measure of that eternal light which visits us. The gift of sight was not given to the spirit for the good of the body, but to the body for the good of the spirit.” He preferred to loose the light of his eyes rather than to dry up the fervor of his spirit by damming up his tears which cleansed his interior sight and rendered him able to see God.

-- St. Bonaventure, Major Life, 5:8

Current Mood: contemplative
Tuesday, October 13th, 2009
7:27 am
[bluesafyrefla]
God’s Will
October 13

God’s Will

Once when Francis was very ill, he was so weak that he could not even move. But when one of the brothers asked what he would prefer to bear, this lingering, protracted illness or the suffering of an excruciating martyrdom at the hands of an executioner, he replied, “My son, what has always been and still is most dear to me and sweeter and more acceptable is whatever the Lord my God is most pleased to let happen in me and to me, for my only desire is to be found always conformed and obedient to his will in everything.”

-- Celano, First Life, 107

Current Mood: contemplative
Monday, October 12th, 2009
7:18 am
[bluesafyrefla]
St. Francis Is Promised the Kingdom
October 12

St. Francis Is Promised the Kingdom

One night when the many and severe pains of his sickness had exhausted him more than usual, Francis began to feel sorry for himself in the very depths of his heart. But he refused to yield to self-pity for even an hour and therefore kept praying to Christ to keep the shield of his patience unsheltered. And as he continued to pray in agony, the Lord gave him the promise of eternal life in this comparison: “If the whole substance of the earth and the whole universe were priceless and precious gold, and it were given to you in exchange for these severe sufferings you are enduring, would you not be happy and willingly bear what you are suffering now?”
    “Yes, I would be happy,” St. Francis said. “I would rejoice beyond all measure.”
    “Rejoice, therefore,” the Lord said to him “your sickness is an assurance of my kingdom. Wait for it as your inheritance. Be steadfast and assured of this reward for your patience.”

-- Celano, Second Life, 213

Current Mood: complacent
Sunday, October 11th, 2009
9:09 pm
[bluesafyrefla]
St. Francis’s Final Psalm
October 11

St. Francis’s Final Psalm

It happened at the end that St. Francis was resting a few days in one of his favorite places when he realized that the time of his death was near. He therefore summoned two of his brothers and spiritual sons and commanded them to sing joyfully and in a loud voice the praises of the Lord over his approaching death, or, rather, his approaching life. Francis himself then sang, as best he could, the psalm of David which begins “Yahweh, I am calling, hurry to me, listen to my voice when I call to you.” (Ps 141:1).

-- Celano, First Life, 109

Current Mood: contemplative
Saturday, October 10th, 2009
6:37 pm
[bluesafyrefla]
St. Francis’s Prophecy Concerning His Body
October 10

St. Francis’s Prophecy Concerning His Body

One day, when Francis lay ill in the bishop’s residence in Assisi, a spiritual brother said to him with a smile, as if joking, “How much do you think you should charge the Lord for this sackcloth of yours? For much precious cloth and drapery will one day cover your little body which now is clothed in sackcloth!” And indeed, at that time St. Francis’s cowl was patched with sackcloth, and his habit was all of sackcloth, as well.
    Then St. Francis, or rather the Holy Spirit in him, answered with words filled with fervor and joy, “You have spoken the truth; what you’ve said will be fulfilled to the praise and glory of my God.”

-- Mirror of Perfection, 109

Current Mood: contemplative
Friday, October 9th, 2009
7:35 am
[bluesafyrefla]
St. Francis Makes a Request the Week of His Death
October 9

St. Francis Makes a Request the Week of His Death

“You know that the Lady Jacoba of Settesoli has been, and remains, very devoted to me and to our Order. I believe that if you would let her know that I am failing, she would consider it a great favor and kindness.
    “And tell her to send cloth for a tunic. It should be monk’s cloth, the color of ashes, like the cloth the Cistercians weave in lands across the sea. She might also send some of that pastry she used to make for me when I was in the Holy City.”
    Just then there was a knock at the door. And when one of the brothers opened the outer gate, he saw before him Lady Jacoba, who explained, “Brothers, while I was in prayer I heard in the Spirit, ‘Go visit your father, St. Francis, and quickly; do not delay. If you tarry, you won’t find him alive. Take with you some monk’s cloth for his tunic, and the ingredients you need to make that pastry for him, and take a good quantity of wax candles, too, and some incense.’”

-- Writings of Leo, Rufino, and Angelo, 35a

Current Mood: contemplative
Thursday, October 8th, 2009
7:20 am
[bluesafyrefla]
St. Francis Keeps His Promise to St. Clare
October 8

St. Francis Keeps His Promise to St. Clare

Not long after St. Clare received St. Francis’s letter blessing and absolving her and the Poor Ladies, Francis died in the night. At daybreak, then, all the clergy and people of Assisi came and bore Francis’s body from the place where he had died and as they went, sang hymns of praise and waved tree branches, which they carried in his honor. And by the will of God the procession went by way of San Damiano, to fulfill the words the Lord had spoken through Francis to comfort his daughters and sisters.
    The brothers removed the iron grille through which the Poor Ladies received Holy Communion and heard the Word of God, and lifted the body of Francis from its bier and placed it in the arms that reached out through the window. Lady Clare and her sisters were thereby consoled, although they were filled with grief and wept aloud that they were now deprived of the comfort and counsel of such a father.

-- Mirror of Perfection, 108

Current Mood: contemplative
Wednesday, October 7th, 2009
7:19 am
[bluesafyrefla]
St. Francis Consoles the Lady Clare
October 7

St. Francis Consoles the Lady Clare

The week St. Francis died, St. Clare, the first little plant of the Poor Ladies of San Damiano and the marvelous disciple of Francis in the observance of evangelical perfection, feared that she was going to die before he did, because they both were gravely ill. She wept bitterly and would not be consoled, for she thought she would not see Francis before he died, he who had been her father after God, her consolation and teacher, the one who had rooted her in God’s grace.
     So Clare expressed her anxiety to Francis though one of the brothers. And Francis was filled with compassion for her, since he loved Clare with a special fatherly affection. But he knew he could not quiet her fears by a personal visit to her and the other Poor Ladies, so he sent her a letter blessing her and absolving her of any infraction she may have committed against his admonitions or the commands and counsels of the Son of God.
    Then, in order that she might put aside all sadness, he said to the brother whom Clare had sent to him, “Go and tell the Lady Clare to put aside all displeasure and sadness that she cannot see me now, and assure her that, before she dies, both she and her sisters will see me again, and they will be filled with consolation.”

-- Mirror of Perfection, 108

Current Mood: contemplative
Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
7:17 am
[bluesafyrefla]
In Love with Christ Crucified
October 6

In Love with Christ Crucified

Jesus in agony in the Garden of Gethsemane and Mary in agony somewhere in Jerusalem, unable to do anything, having to stand helplessly by and let her only son suffer the terrible inner struggle that no one else can suffer for us. Such was St. Francis’s feeling, his compassion for Christ, his Savior. He wanted somehow to suffer with Jesus, and so, two years before he died, this prayer rose from the depths of his love for the crucified Christ: “O Lord, I beg of you two graces before I die -- to experience personally and in all possible fullness the pains of your bitter passion, and to feel for you the same love that moved you to sacrifice yourself for us.”

-- Little Flowers of St. Francis

Current Mood: contemplative
Monday, October 5th, 2009
7:42 am
[bluesafyrefla]
The Two Small Coins of St. Francis
October 5

The Two Small Coins of St. Francis

Christ’s Poor One, Francis, possessed nothing but two small coins (cf. Mk 12:42) which he could dispose of with largesse and charity: his body and his soul. But those two mites he offered to God continually, for love of Christ; he seemed always to be immolating his body with the rigor of fasting and his soul with the flame of desire: his body, a holocaust outside in the court of the temple; his soul, incense offered in the inner temple.

-- St. Bonaventure, Major Life, 9:3

Current Mood: contemplative
Sunday, October 4th, 2009
1:46 pm
[bellaunbound]
Happy Feast Day!
Happy Feast Day!

Did anyone bring thier animal friends to a Blessing of the Animals service?

I intended to bring my cat...but it was outdoors and too close to traffic for my comfort. Perhaps next year...

Peace and blessings everyone!

Current Mood: cheerful
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