The Beginning of the Order


Today is the anniversary of the day in 1208 when St. Francis attended Mass in at Saint Mary of the Angels and heard the priest read the following passage from Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 10: Jesus sent out the twelve apostles with these instructions: You received without paying, now give without being paid. Don’t take along any gold, silver, or copper coins. And don’t carry a traveling bag or an extra shirt or sandals.

This experience is what led Francis to embrace Lady Poverty and to found the Franciscan Order. Pax et bonum.

Please pray for our Holy Father as he endures more and apparently graver health problems.

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