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October 28, 2005

Only obedience held the tide…

Filed under: Morning Star — Bruce @ 1:34 pm

Only obedience has held the tide,
and keeps his Orders free,
from high error as Rome said ‘yes’ ,
to what modem ministers flee.

The members of the Orders of St. Francis did not sin, or error seriously, by not following their original Rules, for one reason and one reason only. They got approval of their new, washed out, Rules of life from Rome, and therefore could abrogate their original Rules of life even if they were given by St. Francis. The sin, if there was one in any kind of literal sense, was in that they asked. Someone, some person, or some committee, had to ask the Pope to drop the original Rules or that would not have happened. There was a Judas in the system somewhere.

The fact is also that it would not have happened except that the spirit of this modern age is not to do penance and not to overburden yourself in any way spiritually. Hence the modern ministers truly did and do flee anything that might cause them pain or place undo demands on them, like the tenets of the Rule of 1221 of the Brothers and Sisters of Penance. It has been made very easy to forget what St. Francis himself gave us.