St. Francis of Assisi – October 4

St. Francis of Assisi taught his followers to reverence Christ and
his cross wherever they might find themselves. The prayer attributedto St. Francis that begins, “Lord, make me a channel of yourpeace,” was in fact not composed by St. Francis; it was misappliedto him in a prayer book. The true prayer of St. Francis was onehe taught his friars to pray whenever they would pass a Churchor the sign of the cross made by two branches in a tree. They wereto prostrate themselves toward the church or the cross and pray,“We adore you Christ and we praise you present here and in allthe Churches throughout the world, because by your holy crossyou have redeemed the world.”The cross reminds us of the true Christ, the one in theGospels who was constantly misjudged by the religious figuresof his day. If we are not careful, he will be misjudged by us as well.We need to worship him alone.From The Power of the Cross , by Michael Dubruiel available as a free download by clicking the cover below:

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One of the most popular posts on this blog continues to be the one regarding the  Blessing of your home with the Epiphany Inscription Over the Doorway of your home, from Father Mark:

The letters have two meanings. They are the initials of the traditional names of the Three Magi: Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar. They also abbreviate the Latin words “Christus mansionem benedicat.” “May Christ bless the house.” The letters recall the day on which the inscription is made, as well as the purpose of blessing.The crosses represent the protection of the Precious Blood of Christ, whom we invoke, and the holiness of the Three Magi sanctified by their adoration of the Infant Christ. The inscription is made above the front door, so that all who enter and depart this year may enjoy God’s blessing. The month of January still bears the name of the Roman god Janus, the doorkeeper of heaven and protector of the beginning and end of things. This blessing “christens” the ancient Roman observance of the first month. The inscription is made of chalk, a product of clay, which recalls the human nature taken by the Adorable and Eternal Word of God in the womb of the Virgin Mary, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

To bless your home this Epiphany, read the Prologue of Saint John’s Gospel, followed by the Our Father, and the Collect of the Epiphany; then write the inscription for this year above your front door with blessed chalk.

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