Voce mea ad Dominum clamavi….

For the uninitiated, or non-Franciscan amongst the readers, The Transitus is the celebration of Saint Francis from this life to eternal life.  Oct 3rd was the night and then into Oct 4th which is the Feast day of St. Franics.

This particular night is one where the entire Franciscan Family from all over the world join in celebration of our founder, and spiritual example, who was an example to all men and women, and who lived all the way through until death the “little way” and clung to his faith in super human fashion.

In life and in death Francis lived the evangelical counsels to the utmost and even until the last of his breath, he lived the example of Christ, poor and crucified for the brothers and sisters.
At the time of the announcement of his pending death, he rejoiced.  Praising and welcoming our Sister Death, and had the friars to sing ..All Creatures of our God and King…

At the time of his death.he and the brothers began with singing Psalm 142 “Voce mea ad Dominum clamavi…” … ” I have cried my voice to the Lord I have deprecated (supplicated) my voice to the Lord .”  he was said to have seen death enter the hut where he lay on the ground, poor and naked. He had one of the brothers to announce Sister Death like a hearald at court.. an honored guest.. For indeed this Sister Death would be the one who would accompany Francis and introduce before the Lord to his Heavenly Father face to face.
Francis said to his brothers, ” My Task is done, may Christ teach you to do yours…”

So living in the example of St Francis is not a easy way to go.  It the path one is called to…  Its not about puppys, and flowers and trees and butterflies.     Its about following Christ.   Its not all love and hugs, or celebrations and socialization.  Its about work.  It is about poverty, chastity and obedience.     But more than anything else.. its about LOVE.

Gods two great commandments.  LOVE God with all your heart, and then LOVE your neighbor.

Think about that for a bit.  LOVE is the commandment.  Not an option.  The human experience of LOVE is full of pain and suffering. It is also full of tremendous joy , and peace, and happiness.   Ask any parent.

That LOVE …. the LOVE of God, and also the LOVE of neighbor causes us to have various crosses laid before us. These crosses are not ones we may want, or even think we need.   The cross might be a job, or a health issue.  It might be a family member, friend , neighbor or even someone you might not like very much.

Your cross might be internal, a problem, and addiction, a failing, a weakness, or something that others might not see or that you believe anyone would understand.    Maybe your cross is your patience, or lack thereof.  Maybe it is all of these or something totally different.

Here is the kicker.  If we believe what it says in Romans 8:28 ” We know that all things work for good for those who love God,* who are called according to his purpose.”, and we know to a certainty of Gods love for us.  The other side of the coin comes to us from Mark 8:34 ” He summoned the crowd with his disciples and said* to them, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.”

So you see there really is very little in the way of mistake about what is head.  We must go forward, pick up our crosses, whatever they are, and follow Christ.    We know its not going to be fun.  We know its going to be work. The fact of the matter is that God loves us, and not only do we ask for God’s will to be done, but what ever that cross is, what ever that work is, what ever it is that we are brought to, we will be brought through and on the other side at some point, we will be able to see were it is that God has guided us and cared for us, and done what was needed for our eventual happiness and good.

In all things Christ is victorious.  The end result of that is that we also are ultimately victorious in Christ, all we have to do  is pick up our cross, and love !

May God give you the gift of His peace !


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