Life of St. Francis of Assisi

In every work of the artist he praised the Artist … He rejoiced in all the works of the hands of the Lord …. In beautiful things he saw beauty itself; all things were to him good …. He embraced all things with a rapture of unheard of devotion, speaking to them of the...

Falling in Love

Franciscan Formation is about living and about being life-giving. It is about growing into becoming more fully Human, Christian and Franciscan. It is about learning all about … Falling in Love.   Somewhere each day we have to fall in love, with someone, some...

God is Humility

You are love; You are wisdom; You are humility
. - St Francis of Assisi, The Praises of God   Humility means having a proper, balanced understanding of yourself; knowing both your strengths and weaknesses. As Saint Teresa of Avila once said, humility is truth;...

In Nomine Domini, Those Who Do Penance

To all those who love the Lord with their whole heart, with their whole soul and mind, with their whole strength, and love their neighbours as themselves, and hate their bodies with their vices and sins, and receive the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and...

The Call of St James of the Marches

St James of the Marches grew up in the turbulence of early 15th Century Europe. Wars were being waged across Western Europe, and the Papal seat of authority was divided between Italy and France. In the East, Admiral Zhenghe was spreading China’s influence and...

The Portiuncula Indulgence: a Great Gift for All

The universal Church’s celebration of the Feast of St Mary of the Angels goes back 800 years, to the original Church of St Mary of the Angels, which was also known as the Portiuncula (which means ‘little portion’, for it was built on a tiny piece of land). It has been...

The Vision of St Anthony of Padua

“The Vision of St Anthony of Padua” Alvin Ong (2012) Acrylic on Canvas 605mm X 755mm Friary of St James of the Marches, Johor Gift by the Artist and Mr & Mrs Wong Pun   A young Anthony, studying the Word of God, looks into the night, startled by an apparition of...

Conversation between a Friar and a friend

The text below represents the actual contents of a personal conversation between a friar and a friend that was conducted via SMS. The contents and punctuation are exactly as in the messages, but the text has been edited slightly for clarity. You are free to agree or...

Saint Francis and Penance

By Bret Thoman OSF   St. Francis was a man of penance. He embraced radical penitential practices and subjected himself to severe disciplines (2 Celano, 97). He often called his body “Brother Ass” (i.e. donkey). He wrote in his letter to the Faithful: “All those...

The Story of Our Salvation

What do we celebrate at Christmas? Why did Jesus come? If Adam and Eve had not sinned, would Jesus still have come? What is the meaning of ‘salvation’? Allow me to tell you a story – A true story – a story that has taken thousands of years to be told, a story that...