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Br. Joseph (Alaric)
Nov 04, 2021
In Prayer Requests
I appear to be sick with, perhaps, the flu. This is day 2. Waiting to be able return to work.
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Br. Joseph (Alaric)
Oct 17, 2021
In Prayer Requests
Please pray for my Grandma who is in the hospital with "the bug." After many prayers, she seems to be doing fairly well -- especially at her age, but continued prayers would be appreciated.
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Br. Joseph (Alaric)
Sep 18, 2021
In Community Discussion
We have some well known Franciscan Feasts in this and next month! Yesterday, obviously, was a major feast, being the Feast of the Stigmata of St. Francis! I hope everyone had a good feast of the Stigmata St. Francis! I thought I would just start this thread here so that we can remind each other in comments below of the great feasts that come around!
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Br. Joseph (Alaric)
Aug 25, 2021
In Community Discussion
Happy Feast of St. Louis IX who is patron of the 3rd Order! St. Louis is known for his good work in the holy crusades & his care for the poor. A good day to consider alms for the poor.
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Br. Joseph (Alaric)
Aug 21, 2021
In Community Discussion
I was trying to find a way to enter more spiritually into St. Michael's lent to avoid it becoming just some vain exercise in natural fortitude -- and to really enter into the spirit of the lent vs. just thinking of it as any other time of penance. I was thinking it might help during your meditation, to kind of "place yourself" with St. Francis on Mt. Alvernia, pray various prayers that he has composed -- and meditate on them. It also might help to be mindful that he did this to the honor of St. Michael (and the holy angels in general), & Our Lady (who is queen of the Angels). Various Prayers: Hail Lady, Holy Queen, Holy Mary Theotokos, who art the Virgin made church and the One elect by the Most Holy Father of Heaven, whom He consecrated with His Most Holy beloved Son and with the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete; Thou in whom was and is all fulness of grace and every good. Hail His Palace; Hail His Tabernacle; Hail His Home. Hail His Vestment; Hail His Handmaid; Hail His Mother And hail all you holy virtues, which through the grace and illumination of the Holy Spirit are infused into the hearts of the faithful, so that from those unfaithful you make them faithful to God. Omnipotent, Eternal, just and merciful God, grant to us wretches that doing for Thy sake, what we know Thou wants, and always wanting, what pleases Thee, as ones interiorly cleansed, interiorly illumined and inflamed with the fire of the Holy Spirit, we might follow the footsteps of Thy Beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and attain to Thee, Most High, by Thy grace alone, who in perfect Trinity and simple Unity lives and reigns and is glorified as the Omnipotent God, for all the ages of ages. Amen. Thou art the Holy Lord, the Only God, who works miracles (Ps. 76:15) Thou art strong, Thou art great (cf. Ps 85:10), Thou are the Most High, Thou art King Eternal, Thou Holy Father (cf. Jn 17:11) King of Heaven and earth. (Mt 11:25) Thou art three in one Lord, God of gods (cf Ps 135:2), Thou art Good, all good, Highest Good, Lord God living and true. (cf. 1 Thes 1:9). Thou art Love, Charity; Thou art Wisdom, Thou art humility, Thou art patience (Ps 70:5), Thou art Beauty, Thou art gentleness; Thou art security, Thou art quiet, Thou art joy; Thou art our Hope and Joy, Thou art justice, Thou art temperance, Thou art all our riches unto sufficiency. Thou art Beauty, Thou art gentleness, Thou art Protector (Ps 30:5), Thou art our guard and defender, Thou art fortitude (cf. Ps 42:2), Thou art refreshment. Thou art our Hope, Thou art our Charity, Thou art our Sweetness, Thou art our eternal Life: Great and admirable Lord, God Omnipotent, merciful Savior.
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Br. Joseph (Alaric)
Aug 06, 2021
In Community Discussion
I also realized now that tomorrow is day 1 (appropriately beginning on First Saturday) -- if you do the 9-Day version of Total Consecration ending the 9th day on the Feast of the Assumption. If I am not mistaken, the MFMTO chapter in Louisiana will be doing this.
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Br. Joseph (Alaric)
Aug 04, 2021
In Community Discussion
I realized today that if you start a novena to Holy Mother St. Clare today, you will end it on her feast day! I didn't have time to read through the whole novena I found online, but I think even praying this for 9 days would be very fruitful:
Novena to St. Clare (starting today) content media
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Br. Joseph (Alaric)
Aug 02, 2021
In Community Discussion
"August 1 st & 2nd From noon of Aug 1 until midnight of Aug 2 the faithful can gain a plenary indulgence applicable to themselves or the souls in purgatory at the usual conditions: 1. Be in the state of grace. 2. Confession (8 days before or after). 3. Holy Communion. 4. Prayers for the intentions of the Pope (usually Our Father, Hail Mary & Glory be.) 5. And by visiting a cathedral, parochial, quasi-parochial or Franciscan church and there praying at least one Our Father & one Creed. In addition it is necessary to have the intention of gaining the indulgence and to be detached from all affection to sin even venial, otherwise the indulgence is gained partially."
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Br. Joseph (Alaric)
Jul 09, 2021
In Community Discussion
A friend of mine was considering joining the Third Order when friend of our cautioned him to consider first whether or not he'd be able to live the spirit of poverty like St. Francis. I told him that, for the tertiary, it's more a matter of living simplicity and detachment. I think he'd like to gear more from Friar Anthony his thoughts on how exactly we should live this out. Obviously, no one is going to be completely detached from all things over night, but it's more about seeking detachment and finding occasions go practice a spirit of poverty/simplicity. To be honest, ironically, I think the friend who was cautioned actually does live fairly simply. But, I wanted to give him a better answer as to how the tertiary is called to live poverty-- and why one ought not hesitate thinking he might not be called to it in the same degree as a Franciscan or something. To me, it sound like the one giving caution might be thinking that Franciscans are all called to be poor like St. Francis was poor.
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Br. Joseph (Alaric)
Jun 11, 2021
In Prayer Requests
Please pray for a friend of ours who, barring a miracle, doesn't have much longer to live after having been diagnosed with cancer. He is in a very weak condition. He has one daughter who, I believe, turned 13 just earlier this month around the time that he and his wife celebrated their 20th anniversary (in the hospital).
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Br. Joseph (Alaric)
Jun 09, 2021
In Prayer Requests
Please pray for my grandfather who is in the hospital. He is 90, and he has trouble breathing after Mass this morning. His oxygen, BP, and HR levels were getting better but haven't remained quite as stable as we'd like to see.
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Br. Joseph (Alaric)
Jun 02, 2021
In Community Discussion
Hello all! I am very much hoping and praying to form more of a chapter where I live here in Nebraska. I think it would really help to capture more of the life of a Third Order Franciscan to be able to have more of a formed community phycally present. I am running into 3 obstacles: People are very attached to the idea of joining another third order (Dominican, Carmelite, etc.) They find the MFMTO to be intimidating Any suggestions for helping people to overcome potential attachments or intimidations?
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