Rebuild My Church

Posted by on Oct 4, 2012 in Monastery | 1 comment

“Francis, go and repair My house, which you see falling.”
Dear Brothers,
Thus spoke Jesus by means of a Crucifix so many centuries ago. Today we see the House of God reduced to dire straights. The world groaned and found itself Modernist and pagan. Indeed this is what we are fighting, and we must use the self-same tools that Saint Francis of Assisi did.
Saint Francis said: “Poverty is the way to salvation, the nurse of humility, and the root of perfection. Its fruits are hidden, but they multiply themselves infinite ways.” Indeed, we must live a life of penance and a life of poverty and preach more by our example than by our word.
Of course, our lives must also be lives of prayer. It is Our hope that we can build a sufficient income from the press to free us to spend a great deal of time in prayer. Until that time, we must work in order to earn our bread and indeed the Rule of Saint Benedict is ora et labora, to pray and to work. Saint Francis himself bade his monks to work in order to avoid idleness and to earn their bread. All monasteries pursue some work for these purposes.
Maximilian Kolbe was a Franciscan. In Germany he started a press, using all of the best and most modern equipment. One day he was chided for this extravagance. He pointed across the way to the cloister. He then said that they still sleep in the same cells that have been used for hundreds of years, but that for the work of God only the best should be used to spread the Faith. We should follow this good advice.
True, our spirituality will be Carmelite, following int eh foot steps of three great masters, Saint John of the Cross, Saint Teresa of Avila and Saint Teresa of Lisieux. However, today is the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi and we can learn from all of the Saints. We are in the Third Order of Saint Francis for over twelve years now. May God bless and guide us all as we move forward to found this monastery for His greater honor and glory.
 +Michael pp

One Comment

  1. Looking forward to the opening of the monastery. Looking forward to offering myself as a candidate for the novitiate.

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