Morning Prayer; St. Francis of Assisi

Everybody loves him! Even the pagans want to claim him! But he was a lot more complicated than the statue/birdfeeders let on.

I have the good fortune of knowing a number of Franciscans, including a dear cousin who is a Capuchin, and they are all busy people of very good humor – a little sweet and a little tart; most of them live with an outlook that is pragmatic but also very supernatural. It is no surprise that God would go to a Franciscan Nun, Mother Angelica, and goad her into building the world’s largest Catholic media outlet, EWTN, with $200.00 and an old garage. A Franciscan would be wild enough, trusting enough and philosophical enough to do it!

Here is the podcast for Morning Prayer for October 4, Feastday of St. Francis of Assisi, who was a great reformer and rebuilder of the church. Good go-to guy for many things. If you know any Franciscans or Secular Franciscans out there, wish them a happy day.

Btw, the latest collection of Mother Angelica’s lessons, entitled Mother Angelica’s Private and Pithy Lessons from the Scriptures is just out. Many of you wrote to say you liked this post from the other day; you should know that it was greatly inspired by one of the first of her “pithy lessons.” It is a very challenging book – it says “what do you believe?” Simple but challenging. I highly recommend!

Speaking of EWTN, if you get it they’re airing a special on Francis, tonight. If you don’t get the broadcast, I believe you can live-stream it.

Deacon Greg reminds us – as is his habit – that Francis was a Deacon and not a priest.

O/T but an important, important read:
Welcome to Camp Obama. Red handkerchiefs, hm? Nice touch.

I had forgotten, but Julie has not, that St. Thomas More is the patron of politicians. May want to consider putting him to work. Widgets

About Elizabeth Scalia
  • Hislittlelamb

    comment on red handkerchiefs:

    I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, if I have my apologies. I came across an article last week written in 2005 about how the group Voice of the Faithful was organized by Marshall Ganz, now an Obama campaign organizer. The article claims that Ganz, using Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Rebels, helped form the dissident group VOTF’s attack on the Church and has as its goal “to attempt to stage a coup of the Catholic Church”.

    Also the blog “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam” has a post on these same Alinsky based organizations involved with “Catholic Campaign for Human Development”

    “The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is an annual collection taken up in Catholic parishes around the United States. Over one third of their grants go to Alinsky-styled political organizations. The largest are the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), Pacific Institute for Community Organizing (PICO), Direct Action and Research Training Institute (DART), Gamaliel, and ACORN.”

  • dellbabe68

    I watched the St. Francis special. What a great gift to be able to see that. Had to watch it on the computer and in the process discovered what a treasure the Catholic channel is.

    My church in NYC, Good Shepherd, is a Capuchin Fransican order and I love these guys! Having been to a Vincentian college and having had a transformative experience there, having (finally) a church to go to weekly which is cohesive in its message and frankly, is filled with priests who focus on living the gospel and helping us to, is such a swonderful gift. Something was missing at other parishes and I think it’s having an order to respond to, to be shepherded by and spend time around.

    Good Shepherd had a special service for St. Francis called a Transitus on Friday, where we marked his death, celebrated 12 men considering the priesthood, and allowed young people to reenact the final scenes in Francis’ life.

    Today is Blessing of the Animals!