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2021

October 2021: Living the values of the Memoriale Propositi in today’s context.

June 2021: Insight of the historical framework of the Memoriale Propositi.

May 2021: Text from the Pope’s homily on October 13th 2013 for the anniversary of Fatima and the Year of faith.

April 2021: Our older brothers and sisters, their life, their journey in OFS.

March 2021: Heroic obedience of Saint Joseph reflected in Saint Francis - a reflection by Fr. Manoj Xalxo, ofm.

February 2021: The Freedom of Saint Joseph.

January 2021: Let there be peace in families, communities and nations.

2020

December 2020: Christmas - Divine Love that transforms - homily from Pope Francis on December 24, 2019.

November 2020: Reflection on the encyclical letter Fratelli tutti from Pope Francis - mainly on texts from the introduction.

October 2020: Thankfulness - Article from Doug Hagen on thankfulness taken from Matthew's Gospel.

September 2020: ‘Faith and Pandemic’ – Reflection on a survey on faith during the pandemic, the initiative of the Pontifical Urbaniana University conducted in Africa, Asia and Oceania.

June 2020: ‘Looking with the heart …’ – Reflection on an article by Bruno Leroy, educator, writer : Looking with the heart A look in the human language is the most lively expression of a person’s deepest feelings.

May 2020: ‘He really is risen …’ – Subject for reflection and sharing using passages from the Catechism of the Catholic Church (Nos. 651-659) III. The meaning and saving significance of the Resurrection.

April 2020: ‘The desert … are we living it? …’ – The gospel and the commentary given by Pope Francis (Angelus, March 5th 2017) – Gospel (Mt 4, 1-11) – Jesus is tested in the wilderness.

March 2020: ‘Saint Joseph and the Church …’ – Passages from the book L’Église que j’espère, an interview by Father Spadaro, s.j. with Pope Francis (from French version, Flammarion, Ser. 2013).

February 2020: ‘Sunday of the Word of God …’ – A reflection on Pope Francis’ homily on the third Sunday of Ordinary time, Sunday of the Word of God – the basis of our way of life.

January 2020: ‘The admirable sign of the crèche …’ – A reflection on the text from Pope Francis’ Apostolic letter given on December 1st, 2019 at Greccio – Origin of the Christmas crèche.

 

2019

December 2019: ‘What joy, a savior is born, it’s Christmas …’ – A text taken from Pope Francis’ homily for December 24th 2013 for the Christmas night mass. – The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light (Isaiah 9:1).

November 2019: ‘Perfect Joy’ according to Saint Francis of Assisi …’ – A reflection on a text from the writings of Francis of Assisi – this text is a link to those presented in October.

October 2019: ‘The Joy of the Gospel’ – A reflection on a text taken from the Apostolic Exhortation: Evangelii Gaudium by Pope Francis - chapter 1 – The Joy of the Gospel with links to articles 4 and 5 of our Rule.

September 2019: Wisdom - a reflection on a text from the book ‘Écoute la Sagesse’ by Henri Bloommestijn and Jos Huls, Carmelites and Claire Dumont, Daughter of Wisdom.

June 2019: ‘To be who we are … witnesses to the Good News …’ – Reflection on our role in our world take from the magazine Nouvelle Revue Franciscaine from the years 2011-2012.

May 2019: ‘Mary’s gaze, a symbol of the myopia of the world...Excerpts from Pope Francis’ homily given on January 1, 2019.

April 2019: ‘Easter Vigil … holy night of hope’ – Taken from Pope Francis’ homily for Holy Saturday March 26th 2016. The text invites all Christians to reflect on the significance of this favourable night.

March 2019: ‘Lenten time … a time of reflection’ – Taken from Pope Francis’ homily of Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Lent as a favourable time to make changes in our lives.

February 2019: ‘Francis and the Sultan, 800th Anniversary’ – Taken from the Letter of the General Minister of the Order of Friars Minor, Br. Michael A. Perry, ofm on the 800th anniversary of the encounter between Francis and Sultan al-Malik al Kamil

January 2019: ‘See, Set out, Bring gifts’ – Taken from Pope Francis’ homily of January 6, 2018 – text invites us like the Magi to see the star, to journey.

 

2018

December 2018: ‘The Call to Holiness in the Light of the Master’ – Excerpts from Pope Francis’ Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate – chosen from the 3rd chapter.

November 2018: ‘The Call to Holiness in Today’s World’ – Excerpts from Pope Francis’ Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate – on the call to holiness in today’s world – The saints who encourage and accompany us.

October 2018: ‘Love, Study and Live our way of life, it is a treasure’ – Some excerpts from Fr. Peter Knaapen, our National Spiritual Assistant’s presentation on our present Rule.

September 2018: ‘Learning from Mary to be surprised by God’ – A reflection on a homily by Pope Francis given on October 13, 2013 for the anniversary of Fatima and the Year of Faith.

June 2018: ‘Peace is born from the Encounter with Christ’ – Reflection on a commentary on the readings from the Sunday of Divine Mercy, April 8, 2018 by Archbishop Francesco Follo.

May 2018: ‘Here is the servant of the Lord, Mary’– A reflection on a homily by Pope Francis during a Marian mass on the occasion of the Year of Faith, October 13, 2013.

April 2018: ‘Francis of Assisi or rebellion by example’ – Text taken from the Serviteur-ofs in Nouvelles (March 15, 2018) - from the work of Fr. Enzo Fortunato.

March 2018: ‘In the heart, love is the core of all the Gospel …’ – Taken from a message by Pope Francis for Lent–Preparing for our journey to Easter.

February 2018: ‘Listening, Discerning, Living the Lord’s Call’ – Taken from a message by Pope Francis for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

January 2018: ‘Holy Mary, Mother of God … and our Mother’ – Excerpts from Pope Francis’ homily of January 1, 2017 on the Virgin Mary and her role in our human lives.

 

2017

December 2017: ‘Christmas calls us to peace, to welcome our differences…’ – A reflection on a theme presented in December 2010 – As Christians and members of the ofs.

November 2017: ‘Let us love, not with words but with deeds’ – In relation with the First World Day of the Poor, 17th of November).

October 2017: ‘The Golden Rule of Human Nature’ – Taken from a message by Pope Francis during the September 3rd Angelus - ‘that only love gives meaning and happiness to life’.

September 2017: ‘The fraternity … a welcoming place…’ – A reflection on life in fraternity which should be a privileged place of gathering and sharing (Article 22 of our Rule).

June 2017: ‘With the Gospel in your pocket’ – Excerpt from a meditation by Pope Francis – To know and recognize Jesus – Link to Article 4 of our Rule.

May 2017: ‘Accompanying, discerning and integrating frailties’ – Excerpts from the work by the CIOFS Commission on the Family on the theme for 2017 Caring of frailties: Mercy and Discernment. (includes the papal exhortation Amoris Laetitia – the elderly - Article 191 of the Exhortation).

April 2017: ‘Accompanying, discerning and integrating frailties’ – Excerpts from the work by the CIOFS Commission on the Family on the theme for 2017 - Caring of frailties: Mercy and Discernment. (includes the papal exhortation Amoris Laetitia - Article 29 of the Exhortation).

March 2017: ‘The Word is a gift, other persons are gifts’ – Taken from the message from Pope Francis for the feast of Saint Luke, evangelist.

February 2017: ‘The family’s vocation’ – Excerpts from the Apostolic exhortation on Love in the Family by Pope Francis – Articles 59 and 60 of the Exhortation.

January 2017: ‘The experiences and challenges of the family’ – Excerpts from the Apostolic exhortation on Love in the Family by Pope Francis – The welfare of the family (Article 31 of the Exhortation).

 

2016

December 2016: ‘The Humility of the Incarnation – A Demonstration of Divine Love’ – A special text prepared by Jewel Jasmins (National Director of Formation) and Br. Jerry Clyne, ofm spiritual assistant – In Franciscan spirituality, Christmas is an important feast.

November 2016: ‘Ecumenism: the pilot is the Holy Spirit’ – A text from Cardinal Koch (Osservatore Romano. July 8, 2016) – a text full of hope and the possibility of sharing.

October 2016: ‘Do we know how to recognize the signs?’ - Excerpts from the 6th chapter of Laudato Si - Educating for the Covenant between Humanity and the Environment.

September 2016: ‘Are we ecologists?’ – Certain excerpts from the 4th chapter of Laudato Si - The ecology of daily life, the situation of the poor.

June 2016: ‘What does the Gospel say about creation?’ – Certain excerpts taken from the encyclical letter of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si - Chapter 2 (relationship with God, one another and the earth)

May 2016: ‘What is happening to our common home!’ – Three aspects of our common home take from the encyclical letter of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si - Chapter 1 – Climate as a common good.

April 2016: ‘Praise be You, my Lord, through our Sister Mother Earth!’ – Taken from the Encyclical letter from Pope Francis’ Laudato Si -Our Sister Mother Earth …

March 2016: ‘During this Holy Year, will we be merciful?’ –  Another excerpt from the bull concerning the Year of Mercy announced by Pope Francis – Mercy is the very foundation of the Church’s life.

February 2016: ‘Our vision in this Year of Mercy’ – A 2nd excerpt from the bull concerning the Year of Mercy announced by Pope Francis – It is proper to God to exercise mercy.

January 2016: ‘What is a Holy Year of Mercy?’ – Excerpt from the bull concerning the extraordinary Jubilee of mercy announced by Pope Francis – Jesus Christ, face of the Father’s mercy.

 

2015

December 2015: ‘Christmas, this time of peace and joy … how do we welcome it?’ – taken from the gospel according to Luke and the Franciscan writing “Christmas in Greccio”.

November 2015: ‘Our Sister death… how must we welcome it?’ – a text from the book ‘The Passage’ by Kahlil Gibran – an opportunity to reflect on death.

October 2015: ‘Let us be witnesses of tenderness in our families’ – a text from Raymond St-Gelais (Revue montante 2015, no 217) - The Family and fraternal values.

September 2015: ‘Becoming experts in communion’ – a 3rd document in which Pope Francis presents on the Year of Consecrated Life. – Fascinated by the unity.

June 2015: ‘Living our prophetic mission’ – a look at the 4th document from Pope Francis on our baptism – Our prophetic missionLiving our prophetic mission’ – a look at the 4th document from Pope Francis on our baptism – Our prophetic mission

May 2015: ‘Grateful for the past – living the present with passion’ – Excerpt from Pope Francis’ exhortation on religious life for the Year of Consecrated Life (ofs members make profession to live the gospel) – Look at the past with gratefulness – the inspirational spark.

April 2015: ‘Saint Louis and Marriage’ – a 6th theme on Saint Louis – Historical perspective: Married life lived with faith.

March 2015: ‘Saint Louis and Education’– a 5th theme on St. Louis – Historical clarification: Saint Louis on the concern for an integral education.

February 2015: ’Saint Louis, social justice and evangelization’ – a 4th theme on St. Louis - Openness toward all his subjects - Historical vision: St. Louis, a new Solomon.

January 2015: ‘Saint Louis and his public commitment as a Christian’ – a third theme on St Louis of France – Justice toward all his subjects – poor or rich – Historical vision: St. Louis conforms to the model of the Christian king.

 

2014

December 2014: ‘Saint-Louis : The Good News is announced to the Poor’ – Historical enlightenment: Saint Louis and his love for the poor

November 2014: ‘Saint Louis and Spiritual Life’ Jubilee Year of Saint Louis – Historical perspective: Saint Louis – a Royal who prays.

October 2014: ’Go forth today as confident and happy missionaries’ – Excerpt from Pope Francis’ Exhortation - The Joy of the Gospel – A church which goes forth.

September 2014: ’Go confident and happy’ – a 4th excerpt from the presentation by Fr. Louis Cinq-Mars, ofmcap, given at Fraternité 2013.

July 2014: ‘Go, in confidence with Jesus Christ’ – a third excerpt from Pope Francis’ Exhortation The Joy of the Gospel – Yes to the new relationship brought by Christ.

June 2014: ‘Go confidently’ –  a 3rd excerpt from the presentation by Fr. Louis Cinq-Mars, ofmcap – Go, confident and happy, given at Fraternité 2013.

May 2014: ‘Go, with Mary, more enthusiastically’ – Excerpt from Pope Francis’ Exhortation The Joy of the Gospel from the fifth chapter – Spirit-filled Evangelizers and Mary, Mother of Evangelization.

April 2014: ‘Go, more lively, more enthusiastically’ – 2nd excerpt of the presentation from Fr. Louis Cinq-Mar, ofmcap – Go into the world and in a precise time frame.

March 2014: ‘Go, more lively, more enthusiastically’ – Excerpt from Pope Francis’ Exhortation on the Joy of the Gospel–The Church’s missionary transformation.

February 2014: ‘Go, more lively, more enthusiastically’ – Excerpts of a presentation from Fr. Louis Cinq-Mars, ofmcap on reading the word of God.

January 2014: ‘To go forward with more life, more enthusiasm’ – Excerpts of a text from Fr. Roland Bonenfant, ofm on the reason for fraternal monthly meetings in the OFS.

 

2013

All the meetings from January to December were based on the theme: Lord, what do you want me to do?’ Theme developed by Fr. Pierre Brunet, for Fraternité 2012

December 2013: Becoming ferrymen

November 2013: A Church in ruins

October 2013: Jesus sows pebbles

September 2013: Is God absent or present? The specter of secularism

Summer 2013: Facing today’s world

June 2013: The Kingdom is already here, but hidden!

May 2013: The legacy of the Beatitudes

April 2013: Believing without seeing

March 2013: The challenges to my humanity

February 2013: A recall of the conversion of Francis of Assisi

January 2013: A search for the answer using the psalms

 

   
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