Regional Spiritual Assistant
Our Lady of the Angels
Dear Sisters and Brothers in St. Francis and Clare,
The Lord has truly risen, alleluia. There
is cause for rejoicing here and we are glad for this is the day the Lord has
made. I am sure that St. Francis and all his brothers and sisters joyfully took
these words of Peter to heart: Praised be
the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us new
birth; a birth unto hope which draws its life from the resurrection of Jesus
Christ from the dead; a birth to the imperishable inheritance, incapable of
fading or defilement, which is kept in heaven for you who are guarded with
God's power through faith; a birth to salvation which stands ready to be
revealed in the last days. (1 Peter 1, 3-5)
St. Bonaventure urged us to ask for grace
rather than instruction, desire not understanding, the groaning of prayer not
diligent reading, the Spouse not the teacher, God not people, clarity not
darkness, not light but the fire that totally inflames and transports us into
God with burning affections. What is important is that God is so much part and
parcel of our life that prayer spontaneously becomes second nature for us.
Embracing prayer becomes an altar to God in our whole being that becomes our
entire way of Franciscan and evangelical life.
During this Easter Season as soon as we
realize we are with God in faith and love, we are in prayer to His honor and
Friar Louis Geelan, O.F.M.
Questions for personal reflection
and/or group discussion
1. In what Franciscan ways do I share
my Easter vision and faith with those I encounter each day in my home, work
place and fraternity?
2. How do I embrace the Gospel Way of Life
in my heart?