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The Order of Saint Francis (OSF) is an active, Apostolic Christian religious order within the Anglican Communion, in communion with the See of Canterbury. Rather than living in an enclosed communal setting, OSF Brothers live independently in different parts of the world, with ministries based on the needs of their local communities. Members are baptized men who have been confirmed within the Anglican Communion, and who voluntarily commit to live by a set of professed vows for a term of years or for life.
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Season of Lent
HOW ST FRANCIS PASSED THE TIME OF LENT IN AN ISLAND, ON THE LAKE OF PERUGIA, WHERE HE FASTED FORTY DAYS AND FORTY NIGHTS, EATING NO MORE THAN HALF OF ONE LOAF
The true servant of Christ, St Francis, was in certain things like unto a second Christ given to the world for the salvation of souls. Wherefore God the Father willed that in many points he should be conformed to his Son, Jesus Christ, as we have already explained in the calling of his twelve companions, as also in the mystery of the holy stigmata, and in a fast of forty days which he made in the manner following:
St Francis, one day of the Carnival, was near the Lake of Perugia, in the house of one of his devout children, with whom he had spent the night, when he was inspired by God to go and pass the time of Lent in an island on the lake. Wherefore St Francis begged his friend, for the love of God, to convey him in his boat to an island uninhabited by man: the which he should do during the night of Ash-Wednesday, so that none might know where he was; and the friend, because of the great devotion he bore to St Francis, agreed to his request, and conveyed him to the said island, St Francis taking with him naught but two small loaves. When they had reached the island, his friend left him and returned home; the saint earnestly entreating him to reveal to no one where he was, and not to come and fetch him before Holy Thursday; to which he consented. St Francis being left alone, and there being no dwelling in the island in which he could take shelter, entered into a thick part of the wood all overgrown with brambles and other creeping plants, and forming as it were a kind of hut, there he began to pray and enter into the contemplation of divine things. And there he passed the whole of Lent without drinking or eating save half of one of the small loaves he had taken with him, as we learned from his friend who, going to fetch him on Holy Thursday, found one of the loaves untouched and the other only half consumed. It is believed that St Francis ate this half out of reverence for our Blessed Lord, who fasted forty days and forty nights without taking any material food; for by eating this bit of bread he put aside the temptation to vainglory, and yet fasted forty days and forty nights in imitation of the Saviour. In later times God worked many miracles, through the merits of the saint, on the spot where St Francis had fasted so wonderfully, on which account people began to build houses and dwell there, and little by little a town rose up, with a convent called the Convent of the Isle; and to this day the inhabitants of that town hold in great respect and great devotion the spot in which St Francis passed the time of Lent.
Standing with Puerto Rico
Br. Donald visits St. Timothy in Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Watch out for what you pray for! Those were my exact thoughts when a new friend Xavier from the Episcopal Relief Organization on the ground in Puerto Rico called me back a few days before Christmas.
After praying for several weeks about what I could do to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico I started making inquiries to the Diocese of PR. I could not get through on the phone or via email. I finally thought that God did not want me to get involved with any ministry in PR so I stopped calling and emailing. I wanted to use up all my unused vacation time to do something useful but again I finally gave up and kept busy with ministry projects at my local church here in New Orleans, St Anna's Episcopal Church. Now back to the call from Xavier. He suggested thinking about adopting a small Mission Church outside of San Juan and see what could be done. The name of the Church is San Timoteo in Bayamon, PR. I immediately started praying about what could be done. The logical first step would be to find out what this little Mission Church needed and what could be done to bring hope and a sense of God’s presence to them in the form of relief. I felt led to schedule a flight to San Juan near the end of January. It all started to come together at that point. Xavier provided me with contacts from the Diocese of PR. I flew into San Juan on 1-25-18 and stayed at a little hotel in a nearby town called Levittown. Bayamon was only a fifteen-minute drive away. I woke up early on Friday, 1-26-18 for morning prayer and discovered that day was the Feast of St. Timothy the Apostle. I thought that was interesting because the whole purpose of this trip was to visit and aid a little church named after St Timothy. I promise you this was not planned! After morning prayer there was also a beautiful rainbow over the ocean. I was filled with joy and anticipation about what laid ahead of me. I had a sense of what missionary zeal must be like. I got into my little rental car and started my short trip on backroads and streets with no working traffic lights or street signs to Bayamon to see what condition San Timoteo was in and to take pictures to send back to potential donors on the U.S. Mainland. Later that same day I was asked to make a visit to the Diocese offices in San Juan to meet Bryan a seminarian who is coordinating with work groups wanting to volunteer in PR. The meeting included Bishop Rafael and Cannon Rafael. They all were so gracious and thankful for the initial financial donation that was being made for San Timoteo. Bishop Rafael was also very interested in making sure the parishes that make up the Diocese of PR know more about the Anglican Order of St Francis. On Sunday I was invited to meet members of the Vestry and their temporary priest Fr. Jose. It was a blessed time spent with all my new friends. The Liturgy included lively singing giving praise to Our Lord. We all prayed the Prayer of St Francis. It ended with a feast of fresh fruit, pasta salad and Puerto Rican Coffee.
Plans are now being made to request financial donations to assist San Timoteo and get them back on their feet, so they can carry on with the work of sharing the Gospel of Jesus in their community. I give thanks to God for allowing me to be a servant to those in need. I am learning so much during my new and lifelong discernment process as a Franciscan Brother. Opportunities to serve God are right in front of us every day of our life. Responding to these opportunities bring such joy and happiness in my life and I see the same thing happening to my fellow Brothers in the Order of St Francis. That is the same joy that Francis found in the smallest ways serving and in his respect for all of God's creation including worms. I am praying for all of you that are looking to serve God in religious life or as a lay person that you will listen to the Holy Spirit and consider your call to spread the Gospel of Jesus and consider the example of St Francis.
Pace e Bene (Peace and All Good)
Your Brother in Christ and Francis,
Saint Timothy vestry & Father Jose