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May 8, 2006

Poverello’s toil sealed…

Filed under: Morning Star — Bruce @ 9:56 am

None before the Wounds ever bore,
save He who died for you,
Poverello’s toil sealed forever ,
don’t alter his vision, for it is true.

The Stigmata of St. Francis was the seal that He received from Christ for a life lived perfectly and totally for God. He tried to hide it in his humility. Now we all know it was given and his work and messages were confirmed before our physical eyes, and blessed by the Lord, in this miracle. That said, how dare we change one word of what St. Francis gave us! The Rule of 1221 is sacred as given! No one should have altered that Rule or abrogated it as has happened. God forgive us! St. Francis pray for us.

Since the Pope has blessed the change to the Pauline Rule for the Secular Franciscan Order, it is valid, and good even though not original. Therefore the original Rule of the Third Order of St. Francis, the Rule of 1221, Memoriale Propositi, should be returned to the honor it held for centuries and offered as ‘the original way’ of life given by St. Francis to all the world in his name, sealed by the Stigmagta of St. Francis, certainly within the Franciscan Orders themselves. In the absence of this change Memoriale Propositi has become and will remain the Rule of life of those in the private Association of the Brothers and Sisters of St. Francis, which is waiting peacefully for the Third Order of St. Francis to awaken and return to its original focus on what St. Francis himself gave us.