St. Francesco Antonio Fasani
Born in Lucera (southeast Italy), Francesco entered the Conventual Franciscans in 1695. After his ordination 10 years later, he taught philosophy to younger friars, served as guardian of his friary and later became provincial. When his term of office ended, Francesco became master of novices and finally pastor in his hometown.
In his various ministries, he was loving, devout and penitential. He was a sought-after confessor and preacher. One witness at the canonical hearings regarding Francesco's holiness testified, "In his preaching he spoke in a familiar way, filled as he was with the love of God and neighbor; fired by the Spirit, he made use of the words and deed of Holy Scripture, stirring his listeners and moving them to do penance." Francesco showed himself a loyal friend of the poor, never hesitating to seek from benefactors what was needed.
At his death in Lucera, children ran through the streets and cried out, "The saint is dead! The saint is dead!" Francesco was canonized in 1986.
Eventually we become what we choose. If we choose stinginess, we become stingy. If we choose compassion, we become compassionate. The holiness of Francesco Antonio Fasani resulted from his many small decisions to cooperate with God's grace.
During his homily at the canonization of Francesco, Pope John Paul II reflected on John 21:15 in which Jesus asks Peter if he loves Jesus more than the other apostles and then tells Peter, "Feed my lambs." The pope observed that in the final analysis human holiness is decided by love. "He made the love taught us by Christ the fundamental characteristic of his existence, the basic criterion of his thought and activity, the supreme summit of his aspirations" (L'Osservatore Romano, vol. 16, number 3, 1986).
Daily Prayer - 2015-11-27
The more we call on God
Many countries are at this moment suffering the agonies of war.
Where do I sense hope, encouragement, and growth areas in my life? By looking back over the last few months, I may be able to see which activities and occasions have produced rich fruit. If I do notice such areas, I will determine to give those areas both time and space in the future.
The Word of God
Some thoughts on today's scripture
I begin to talk to Jesus about the piece of scripture I have just read.
I thank God for these few moments we have spent alone together and for any insights I may have been given concerning the text.
Everyone and everything will pass away but not our Lord our Father in Heaven. As I sit here out of town with family I listen to the children speak and at one point one child said to another that the Tooth Fairy is real earlier I heard them speaking about other things that are real question is what do you believe is real? In today's first Holy Scripture we read about fantastical creatures symbolism of creations of our Lord weather Kingdoms or individuals we are speaking about the kingdom of the individuals and the King thereof. As the children spoke the truth in my mind was reeling; the tooth fairy is the mom, Santa Claus is the mom, the Easter bunny is the mom, all 3 in one. At work, I am the safety man, I am a sales man, and I am the computer tech, i am the costs estimator I am the general manager, and I am also my father is the boss. I am many things in one, but most importantly the son of the Father. No one has ever seen the face of God, but many have seen the face of the Son. And even easier it is to see the Holy Spirit. His Kingdom has been established and evil destroyed upon the coming of the son. He is many in one, we are many in one. His disguise is good, because He appears as many in one.
Give glory and eternal praise to Him all creations. If mountains and animals listen to God, then who am I to pretend He is not reaching to me, all those made in His image?
Our Lord speaks "... know that the kingdom of God is near". Nearer than your friends.
Nearer than your family. Nearer than yourself. His kingdom is not far. We put distance between ourselves...and still He is near...in all creation. I ask you to consider the brevity of time, because the time is near, and He is in time and in eternity. Eternity can not be measured. We can not measure our Lord. Stop trying. Stop trying to figure Him out. Start allowing HIM to be who He is...yours.
Because He can be all things in one. He can be yesterday and tomorrow but is still in the present with you. He can be though so much more. More than you can imagine and more than you care. That is a truth. Because we claimed to love and not really care. Salvation we should desire for one another yet it often takes second place to so called life. I'm very thankful that God is like us but not one of us because He is much more. He does care. And that's all I need to know.
Now I can allow myself, we can allow ourselves to love Him as He is...an awesome lover and savior we call Our Father...forever.
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