Spiritual Communion / Comunión Espiritual

Spiritual Communion /Comunión Espiritual My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.  I love You above all things,  and I desire to receive You into my soul.  Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,  come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already […]

Pope Invites Catholics to Pray Rosary Together for Feast of St. Joseph

Join our Holy Father and Catholics around the world on a special day of prayer for St. Joseph’s Feast day, Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 1 pm PST, reflecting on the Luminous mysteries. Here is a translation of the pope’s remarks: Tomorrow we will celebrate the Solemnity of Saint Joseph. In life, work, family, joy, […]

Dejar Ir

San Francisco de Asís usó “Dejar ir” como una forma de acercarse a Dios. Dejó a su familia, sus posesiones, su sueño de ser un caballero y su miedo a los leprosos. No fue hasta que Francisco dejó de lado estas cosas que fue capaz de entregar su vida por completo a Dios. San Francisco […]

Letting Go

St. Francis of Assisi used “Letting Go” as a way to get closer to God. He let go of his family, his possessions, his dream of being a knight and his fear of lepers. It wasn’t until Francis let go of these things that he was able to fully give his life to God. St. […]

The Generosity of Golfers & Monks

Brandon Mathews is a 25-year-old professional golfer. He was in a tie for the championship of the Argentine Open when during his final putt someone in the crowd yelped. Distracted by the sound, Mathews flinched, missed the putt and lost. Back in the clubhouse, he was angry until he was told that it was a […]

A Spirit of Encounter

Franciscans are called to a spirituality of encounter. We encounter Christ in the Eucharist (and all the Sacraments), Scriptures, in prayer, in creation, and in each other. We are called to walk with Jesus – to pick up our cross and to follow Him. In the time of St. Francis, pilgrims would walk across Europe […]

Utterly and Particularly Unique

When I was in my twenties, I met and became friends with a woman named Kate. She was fun and funny. She was a big reader and always had something new and interesting to talk about. Sometimes, when she’d been drinking, she’d talk too much and too loudly, and get into some trouble, but I […]

How to Sell a Car, Franciscan Style

Did you know that it was during St Francis’ life, spurred by the growth of the merchant class, that money first became widely used in Italy? In the midst of this growth of commerce, the friars developed a deep understanding of how economics affects people and communities. Coupling their observations and theology, the Franciscan developed […]

Celebrating St. Francis

As you see from this weekend’s bulletin, we are preparing our annual St. Francis Celebrations. I invite you to come to our special Transitus Commemoration—the Passing of St. Francis, on October 3rd at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Mission Church.  This is a very moving ceremony recalling the final hours of St. Francis life. Then, […]

Transitus: A Story of Compassion

On October 3rd, 1226 at the age of 44, St. Francis of Assisi lay dying in the humble Porziuncola, the first church of the Franciscan order.  He not only was in the loving presence of his brother friars; at this time of his ‘Transitus,’ he was also lovingly cared for by a dear friend and […]