Last December, our National Minister, Paula Pearce, offered us these reflections on the Jubilee of Mercy, and on the experience of God’s unconditional love and mercy that changed Francis of Assisi’s life forever
Paula pointed out some instances in which mercy is at the heart of the life and writings of Francis:
From the Life of Francis, Celano 1, Chap III #6 and #7
He prayed with all his heart that the eternal and true God guide his way and teach him to do his will. He endured great suffering in his soul…different thought followed one after another and their relentlessness seriously disturbed him. He was burning inwardly with a divine fire…He repented that he had sinned..he was not yet fully confident of refraining from future ones… One day when he had invoked the Lord’s mercy with his whole heart, the Lord showed him what he must do. He was filled with such great joy, failing to restrain himself in the face of his happiness.
And the Lord Himself led me among them (lepers) and I showed mercy to them. And when I left them what was bitter in me was turned into sweetness of soul and body
From The Letter to a Minister
I wish to know in this way if you love the Lord and me… that there is not any brother in the world who has sinned, who after he has looked into your eyes, would ever depart without mercy, if he is looking for mercy. And if he were not looking for mercy you would ask if he wants mercy….. always be merciful with brothers such as these.
Weekend in Cardiff: The Holy Year of Mercy and our Franciscan Response
“And the Lord Himself led me me among them and I showed mercy to them”. St. Francis (The Testament.) Early Documents.
This weekend, which was open to members of all regions, and held in Cardiff from Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May 2016 was attended by members from six of our nine regions, and by members of TSSF. The weekend was led by Brother Francis Dor OFM Cap, who is based in Rome, and is one of the General Spiritual Assistants to the Secular Franciscan Order. Audio files, and the text Bro Francis used as the basis for his talks, may be found here.
Misericordia et Misera
Pope Francis: Apostolic Letter “Misericordia et Misera” at the conclusion of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. On the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King, 20 November 2016.