World Water Day-Francis 7 Quick Takes Friday

Paul Keggington

March 22, 2013

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St. Francis called water…sister. On this World Water Day we celebrate our sister who is ‘very useful and humble and precious and chaste’. Pray with us for all of creation that all needs are served. We invite you to support the International Coastal Clean up. Watch our video.

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Pope Francis was elected, announced, blessed, bestowed a blessing, paid his own hotel bill, and installed in Rome as servant to the Roman Catholic Church and the World. Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity watched, cheered and prayed.

“Pope Francis’ first words were words of gratitude to the people of Rome gathered in the piazza below him for them receiving him.” Sister Marie Kolbe gives further insight into why “it was not business as usual this week”. Read more here.

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There was an increased awareness of our own being called to be Franciscan Sisters this week. Read about some of our encounters with God’s good people. Our Community Director Sister Louise Hembrecht leads on this post.

In Michigan, Sister Ludmilla Gramann was recognized as someone in the Marquette community who strives to advance the economic, political, financial and health status of women. She received a yellow rose from the Zonta Club in gratitude for her efforts on behalf of women and children.

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For those who read our Franciscanized World posting ‘#2 How to Meet Franciscan Sisters: NE, OK, KS, IL, WI’, you may wonder if there was any follow up from our recent travel. Well, we were delighted to receive a special U. S. postal service  mailed gift from the Oklahoma University Discernment Group, ‘a rosary that one of the ladies in our group made’. We hope to stay in touch with these wonderful young women.

Meanwhile, we will use the rosaries tonight to pray at a Walk for Life in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee beginning at the Cathedral of St. John at 7 p.m.. As you may have guessed, we will walk with our brothers and sisters of the Secular Franciscan Order. Watch for more coverage in a coming Francisanized World post. Please do come join us!

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During this week we began planning for our May Franciscan Vocation Discernment Retreat. We sent out an invitation on our Franciscan Retreat Blog to young women ages 18-35 and provided some further discernment helps for prayer. In case you missed our invitation, click here. We do desire to meet you soon.

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Friday is a good day to consider the paschal mystery. For women religious this includes the living of our vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. How do young consecrated Franciscan women understand the vowed life? Review an article that one of our Sisters (Sister Martin Flavin) was able to edit after receiving responses from newly professed members of our Congregation and others throughout the world. Click here.

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Lastly, Francis desired to walk in the footsteps of Jesus. The Stations of the Cross became his perfect Friday (or any day of the week)prayer. We invite you to consider pondering our Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Stations of the Cross. Look for Francis present in each artistic work of our Sister Victoria Masil. Peace and all good. Happy Holy Week!

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