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Br Thomas More
Aug 23, 2022
In Community Discussion
Ave Maria! Brothers and Sisters, I was (finally) able to switch over to a dumb phone, Deo gratias! I switched to the Light Phone II (thelightphone.com), which is a new dumb phone that comes with a few extra features (directions, voice-to-text, etc.) I was able to find one used, as it's a bit more expensive than your typical flip phone (you can get a new flip phone for about $100, while the Light Phone II is $300 new). I thought I would let others know about the Light Phone, as it allows us to fulfill the obligation while still keeping a few things that our work may need us to keep. If you do not have any money for a dumb phone or can't buy one for some reason, please let me know, as I have an extra flip phone laying around. I can't remember the brand off the top of my head, but I know it works with Verizon. I can send it to you if you do need it. God bless you, Br. Thomas More
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Br Thomas More
Jul 21, 2022
In Community Discussion
Ave Maria! I am a seminarian for the secular priesthood and am looking into if there is anything that would change for diocesan priests who are Third Order members. For instance, I have added St. Francis in to the Confiteor (for those wondering, according to a post I found online, you would say: "...Petro et Paulo, beato patre nostro Francisco, et omnibus Sanctis..." and later, "Petrum et Paulum, beatum patrem nostrum Franciscum, et omnes Sanctos..."). I assume there is not much that would change for a secular priest, as I could not find any reference in the Seraphic Guide (https://archive.org/details/seraphicguideman00unse/page/n5/mode/2up), but I would be interested if a secular priest could say Masses/follow the calendar usually reserved for First Order priests in their own private Masses. Beyond that, I am wondering if any attire would change. On a personal note, I will be vested in the novitiate on August 5th at the Church of the Assumption in Nashville, TN at 5:30 PM. For anyone nearby, your attendance would be a great blessing! For everyone else, your prayers would be greatly appreciated. God bless you all, Andy Edit 7/26/22: I have found this rubric in the beginning of the Breviarium Romanum: "54. The following have a religious calendar: a) regular orders, and the nuns and sisters of those orders, as well as the tertiaries associated with them, living in common and making simple vows." Since a diocesan priest would not normally be living in common with tertiaries, it appears that the calendar would not change. However, I have found this prayer that Father Francis wrote to be said before praying the breviary (from the Classics of Western Spirituality). If anyone happens to find it in latin, I would love to see it: "All-powerful, most holy, most high, and supreme God: all good, supreme good, totally good, You Who alone are good; may we give You all praise, all glory, all thanks, all honor: all blessing, and all good things. So be it. So be it. Amen."
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