From St. Anthony to St. Francis to St. Elizabeth and the Third Order, Franciscans fascinate me.
My great-aunt introduced me to St. Anthony when I was thirteen, though decades passed before I learned the rhyme:
Tony, Tony, look around. My (name it) is lost and must be found.
My Franciscan treasure trove includes the St. Francis framed glass prayer that a catechist friend gave me; the prayer booklet from the St. Lawrence Seminary; my cherished St. Anthony third-class relic that Father Roderick enclosed in his reply to one of my letters; and various prayer cards, booklets, and such that I just couldn’t possibly part with.
And my prized possession? My Franciscan Crown, the seraphic rosary, known as the Seven Joys of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Although I’ve never met a Franciscan priest or nun in person, I feel very much a part of their community. So imagine my delight on reading about St. Felix of Cantalice for the very first time just days ago on his feast day, May eighteenth.
Known as Brother Deo Gratias, St. Felix of Cantalice was the first Capuchin Franciscan to be canonized.
September 19, 2016
“Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance” (St. Francis of Assisi).
Links of interest… Capuchins: friars / stigmata / mid-America (calendar – more) / St. Joseph / saints (more)… Franciscan: 3rd order / calendar (national fraternity – printable – saints – traditional) / canticle notes online / crown rosary meditations & reflections / friars / instrument of peace / litany of saints / miracles & traditions / Mission Associates / “most sacred space of Franciscan spirituality” / order / prayer book for hospital & hospice chaplains / spiritual center (prayer requests) / tau cross / vocations… Iconography in art & architecture (St. Felix’s bag)… Prayer for the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit (feast of all saints)… Relics: how to become a Capuchin saint: a piece of heaven with the Capuchins / holy relics / sisters of St. Felix… Small “t” tradition & the peace prayer of St. Francis… St. Anthony: prayer booklet (more) / shrine… St. Elizabeth of Hungary: prayers… St. Felix of Cantalice: 1st Capuchin saint / about (more) / biography (more) / Brother Deo Gratias (beggar – more) / confessor / ecard / feast (more / May 18) / friar (more) / holding the Christ Child (drawing) / homily / patron / prayer… St. Francis: about / biography / prayers… Visits to Jesus in the tabernacle: Hours & half-hours of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament: e-book / St. Felix…
WP posts… Capuchin church stations… Franciscan experience… Franciscan treasures… God’s master plan… Grapes of generosity… Holy relics… Mary’s miraculous medal… Mary’s seven joys… My Franciscan Crown… Mercy and justice… Powerful intercessor… Prayer… Saint of miracles… Si quaeris miracula… Solano, Solanus, Solani… St. Anthony… St. Bonaventure Church… St. Elizabeth Church… St. Peregrine relic… Today’s Beatitudes
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