The Pastoral Visit: A Privileged Moment
With my own voice I cry to the LORD;
with my own voice I beseech the LORD.
I look to my right hand to see that
there is no one willing to acknowledge me.
My escape has perished;
no one cares for me.
I cry out to you, LORD,
I say, You are my refuge,
my portion in the land of the living.
Lead my soul from prison,
that I may give thanks to your name.
Then the righteous shall gather around me
because you have been good to me.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
This is simply a note of thanks to each one of you. Thank you for all you do to build up the body of Christ in our little fraternity. Thank you for taking seriously that “sense of co-responsibility” called for by our life in this Order (see General Constitutions, article 30).
We rarely speak about the monthly fair share donations we make, but I want to thank you for your Franciscan generosity in this area. I also give thanks to God for our Treasurer, Eileen, who oversees our resources with such diligent care.
The Seraphic Father Francis, on account of the special love which he had for the Blessed Virgin, was particularly devoted to the little chapel known as Our Lady of the Angels or Portiuncula. There he founded the Order of Friars Minor, there he prepared the foundation of the Poor Clares, and there he happily ended his earthly career. He often said to his brothers: “See to it, my sons, that you never abandon this place. If you are driven out from one side, go back in at the other. For this place is truly holy and is the dwelling place of God.”
...The faith we proclaim tonight makes us see God present in all those situations where we think he is absent. He is present in the unwelcomed visitor, often unrecognizable, who walks through our cities and our neighborhoods, who travels on our buses and knocks on our doors.
This same faith impels us to make space for a new social imagination, and not to be afraid of experiencing new forms of relationship, in which none have to feel that there is no room for them on this earth.
Secular Franciscan Order
Old Mission San Luis Rey
4050 Mission Avenue
Oceanside, CA 92057
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