For the past two weeks we have heard of the Lord’s coming as judge of all at the end of time. The priest wears penitential purple during this season to help us
realize our part in turning from God’s covenant and participating in acts of darkness (sin), although pink may be worn on this, “Gaudete”, Sunday. There are images of light and darkness interwoven
throughout the season’s readings. The feeling of penitence comes as we force ourselves to compare our dreams, our great expectations, with reality. What keeps us from fulfillment in this moment? What
hinders us from seeking the freedom that God offers us? Our fear of the unknown and our anxiety about taking risks often keeps us enslaved in our old ways and prevents us from reaching out for new
ones. Our greed and possessiveness keep us from letting go of what we have so that we can seek the next step in life. God will free us from our enslavement to fear, injustice, poverty, negation, and
disease if we simply let go and let Him guide us.
Gaudete Sunday, in the preconciliar delineation of the liturgical year, was regarded as a day of particular joy with Advent half over and Christmas soon to follow. The term Gaudete refers to the first word of the Introit (Entrance Antiphon) “Rejoice”, taken from Philippians 4:4-5.
(From: St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Picayune, MS http://www.scborromeo.org )
Franciscan Family: Year of Mercy, circular from Minister General
The Secular Franciscan Order (Third Order of St. Francis) can offer you the means to live the Franciscan Way of Life in your own home and family surroundings.
Its Rule of Life has helped so many in the living of their Christian lives.
Our membership includes housewives, tradesmen, professionals, students, secular clergy and retired senior citizens.
If you wish to learn more about this 800-year old order which has a message that is always up-to-date, please come to a regular meeting to see for yourself how we operate and to get answers to any questions you may have.