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Third Order Introductions and Helpful Advice
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Br. Joseph (Alaric)
Sep 25, 2022
Ave Maria! Great idea to have introductions! It's great hearing who all these members of our Franciscan family are. My name is Alaric. I was born and raised in northeastern Iowa, but my family moved to mid-Nebraska when I was about to start middle school. We had family there, and the town where we lived was a relatively short distance from where my dad's mom grew up. The whole county was full of formerly Franciscan parishes and schools (including my own school named after Bl. John Duns Scotus). In fact, my grandma's great grandpa was prefect of a 3rd order there, and my grandma went to a Franciscan high school as well, so the Franciscans were always close to my heart. However, I discerned for 2 years with a community of canons regular before exiting the community and moving to Omaha, NE where my family resided. I've been here for almost 9 years now. After meeting with a good, traditional spiritual director from the FSsP here in Nebraska, I ended up marrying my now-wife who I met through our parish. We were married August 3, 2019 and then made a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in La Crosse, WI & then to the apparition sight of Our Lady of Good Help. After this trip, it was on my heart to somehow join a Franciscan Third Order. When we were expecting our first son, I to the Lord that if he would be born on the feast of St. Louis IX, I'd take it as a sign to give strong consideration to joining this third order, and that,, then, was his birthday. I came from a family of 12. I was the only boy (4 older sisters, 5 younger), but I now have 2 sons: Emerick Josef-Maria & Leo Franz Josef-Maria.
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Help with Traditional Latin Mass Apologetics
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Br. Joseph (Alaric)
Nov 16, 2021
1. I would respond that one can be too attached to any good thing (i.e., We must love God above all things such that if any good thing stands between us and the love of God, we have to be willing to choose God over that other good). 2. A validly, universally promulgated rite cannot in and of itself be evil -- or you accuse Christ of injecting poison into His own Mystical Body. So, claiming that the old rite itself is evil is a blasphemy. 3. The theological virtue of piety requires that we reverently receive what good things have been handed on to us and pass it on to future generations in tact -- only making minor additions or subtractions in such a way that would only further perfect what was handed down -- done very carefully and slowly over the course of ages by the hands of Saints to give any changes enough time to be universally accepted as a part of the tradition and to make sure it was fashioned in an organic way. This was, in the past, shown to be the general mind of the Church. For this reason, Pope Benedict thought it right to bring back the traditional rite--as he saw that the changes made in the 60s were more quickly made with such great amounts of things changed in ways that were never done before. There needed to be more time and more gradual steps to assure organic development and continuity with the past. This is why we ask for the traditional rite to be preserved -- so that the Church can have more time to keep changes in check -- as ought to always be the case -- to make sure that all changes are truly for the genuine good of the faithful and that they further clarify and manifest the Sacred Mysteries.
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Prayers for a quick recovery
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Br. Joseph (Alaric)
Nov 06, 2021
Thank you for the prayers! I am feeling somewhat better today. The first 3 days included alot of chills and a fever on and off. Then, that mostly subsided. Now it has turned more into congestion and a cough. I would say, the most difficult thing is back aches that seem to accompany it, which does make it hard to sleep at night. My wife, Sr. Joan (Mary) also has some minor symptoms (low grade fever, occasional cough, etc.) and seems like she might also get hit by it a bit, though, perhaps not as badly, and my son seems mostly to just have a runny nose. I heard it may get worse later into this, so we're just praying for the grace to handle it well enough between the 3 of us. So far we've mostly focused on vitamins and reducing fevers when they've started getting high (e.g., 101, 102). I am taking dosages of zinc, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, and my regular multivitamin, of which all the combined dosages within the different supplements are under the upper end of the recommendation. I'll likely also start occasional quercetin -- just to help get over this faster so I can return to work when I am able. Chamomile tea with lemon, honey, and a little whiskey has also been a great help. I also spoke briefly with an infectious disease specialist who uses some recommendations by the frontline docs along with some other medications for some of the older or more sickly around here. He told me he thinks, given or overall good health and are, we should make it through just fine but just to call in Monday or Tuesday if we're not feeling more on the mend by then. Thanks be to God we should make it through without too much chaos! P.S., I had an added degree of worry in that we did, just recently, find out that my wife is expecting again, but the doctor thinks she should be just fine nonetheless -- even if only on certain vitamins safe for her to take, etc. Thanks be to God!
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Franciscan Book Recommendations
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Prayers for my Grandmother
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