Jesus' Crown of thorns, symbol of penitential lifestyle. We are committed to living the Franciscan Rule of 1221. We aren't a Third Order but a Lay Catholic Association. ...weaving a crown of thorns,
they placed it on Him. (Mk 15:17)

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The BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF PENANCE

 

The Franciscan Association of The Brothers and Sisters of Penance of St.Francis (BSP) has a butterfly as its symbol. The Butterfly means the transforming union that we wish to attain, through a life of prayer, simplicity and self-denial. The BSP mottos are: 'Deny yourself, take your cross and follow me' and 'In the world, but not of it, for Christ'

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 Mary  Mother of God

Hymn to Mary Mother of God


The God whom earth and sea and sky,
Adore and laud and magnify,
Whose might they own, whose praise they tell,
In Mary’s body deigned to dwell.

O Mother blest! The chosen shrine
Wherein the Architect divine,
Whose hands contain the earth and sky,
Vouchsafed in hidden guise to lie.

Saint Venantius Fortunatus, ancient Latin writer (530-609)

 Mary Help of the Christians, Auxilium Christianorum

Prayer to Mary Help of the Christians


Mary, most powerful Virgin,
You are the mighty and glorious Protector of the Church,
You are the marvelous Help of Christians,
You are awe-inspiring as an army in battle array.

You have destroyed heresy in the world.
In the midst of our anguish, our struggle and our distress
defend us from the power of the enemy,
and at the hour of our death receive our soul into heaven.

Amen.

Saint John Bosco, Franciscan Tertiary and modern Apostle of young people (1815-1888)

He who neglects the service of the Blessed Virgin will die in his sins. He who does not invoke thee, O lady, will never get to Heaven. Not only will those from whom Mary turns her countenance not be saved, but there will be no hope of their salvation. No one can be saved without the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
St. Bonaventure, Franciscan Friar and Doctor of the Church (1221-1274)


The Butterfly is symbol of transforming union of the soul to God. God will give this grace to those faithful to walk the path of prayer and self-denial


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The Butterfly is symbol of transforming union of the soul to God. God will give this grace to those faithful to walk the path of prayer and self-denial