Celebrating Francis and his Followers

Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi

October 4, 2019

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Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy- Caravaggio https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/deed.en

Today, in Mercy, in lieu of my usual reflection, I choose on this feast of St. Francis, to share with you my thoughts on our beloved Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, and to give a well-deserved shout out to their Spiritual Center in Aston, PA.

I have been so enriched by their spirituality, their passion for justice, their unbounded hospitality, their love of the Gospel, and their witness for Christ.

Please join me in praying today for their community .. for its vigor, strength, holiness, witness and joy.

I commend to all my readers the Franciscan Spiritual Center at Aston, PA. If you are serious about your soul-life, consider their desire to assist you. I have found my relationship with these Sisters so beneficial for my spiritual life:

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I particularly send blessings to these beloved women who have blessed my life by their deep Franciscan spirituality. I have been brought into the world by them (Click to read about Old St. Mary’s Hospital – Kensington), taught by them, worked with them, prayed with them, laughed with them, mourned with them, been arrested for civil disobedience with them, and been edified by their gentle, hospitable goodness:

Sister Clare Immaculate
Sister Irma Catherine
Sister Jean Margaret McDevitt
Sister Marge Sullivan
Sister Marie Lucey
Sister Miriam Eileen Murray
Sister Kate O’Donnell
Sister Angela Presenza
Sister Annemarie Slavin
Sister Clare D’Auria
Sister Julia Keegan
and their devoted SSJ buddy, Sister Pat Hamill

Happy Feastday to all Franciscans and their co-ministers worldwide!

Music: Be Praised, My Lord – Andrea Likovich, OSF


8 thoughts on “Celebrating Francis and his Followers

  1. Renee dear, You out did yourself and having been one who has retreated with you, been arrested with you and joined you in many places, I am so happy to call you friend. May blessings to you and your wonderful community on this special feast of a person who holds universal admiration. (I am a bit prejediced) Love Kate

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      1. Dear Renee,
        Grateful thanks for your beautiful words and kind wishes. You continue to ‘Bless’ us with the ‘Gift’ of your presence. It is always a delight to share time with you.
        Deep PEACE, abundant BLESSINGS!
        Marie Angela (Angela)

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  2. Thank you very much, Renee. I feel humbled by your blog about us, and pray that we live up to your perception of us. This is how I want us to be in the world.

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