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On-Going Formation Materials Recommended by OFS Members

"Francis of Assisi" is a 1961 film directed by Michael Curtiz, based on the novel The Joyful Beggar by Louis de Wohl. It was shot entirely in Italy. It stars Bradford Dillman as Francis.  Two years after the release of the film, Dolores Hart, the 24-year-old actress who plays a nun in the film, became a real-life Roman Catholic nun at the Benedictine Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticut.

This is a great interview with Jim Caviezel who played the role of Jesus Christ in Mel Gibson's 'Passion of the Christ'.

Some great insights both into an actor's method as well as a devoted Christian and artist showing his own passion for his work. I have even more respect after watching this for him as an individual and someone who tries to better himself by following the teachings of Jesus Christ and loving God and all people.

In this first episode of "The Joy of Love," Fr. Daniel P. Horan, OFM explores the introduction to Pope Francis's Apostolic Exhortation "Amoris Laetitia." Stay tuned for more installments to come!

During Lent, Catholics traditionally participate in the Stations of the Cross. The 14 stations focus on the specific events of Jesus’ last day on Earth. In this video, Father Greg Friedman, OFM, leads the litany and meditation. Just as Christians walk the way of the cross in Jerusalem, you are invited to virtually visit each Station along the way every Friday during Lent.

For nearly 800 years, the Catholic Church has entrusted the holiest places to the Franciscans. Today for about 300 special priests and brothers, their life's calling led them to minister, serve, work and pray in the land made holy by the life death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The Holy Land Franciscans have a special calling to bring the Franciscan way of life to the holiest sites in our Church.

The Solidarity Way of the Cross - Lent 2016
Create a Climate of Change
Development & Peace

This Way of the Cross considers the concept of pilgrimage. The Way of the Cross itself is a pilgrimage; a journey that follows Christ’s path of suffering and death. In this Year of Mercy, Pope Francis encourages us to set out on a pilgrimage of conversion to become kinder, more generous people. “The practice of pilgrimage has a special place in the Holy Year, because it represents the journey each of us makes in this life. Life itself is a pilgrimage, and the human being is … a pilgrim travelling along the road, making his way to the desired destination.” (Misericordiae Vultus, 14)
This Way of the Cross focuses on the suffering caused by climate change. Humanity, along with all of creation, is on a critical journey as we are challenged by climate change. Will we set out on a path of mercy; adjusting our patterns of consumption to lessen our carbon footprint and give Mother Earth a chance to heal? Will this journey become a pilgrimage towards sustainability and, ultimately, resurrection?

To open and/or download a pdf copy of the “Solidarity Way of the Cross - Lent 2016” CLICK HERE .

The above image is from the Franciscan Mission Service website. To access the website, CLICK HERE .

To access Jason Brown's website, click on the above image.

Landscapes of Earth and Soul
Jason Brown

I have always been fascinated by sacred places; Churches, Temples, Synagogues, Cathedrals, Historic Cities, National Parks, Rivers, Oceans, and particularly, Forests. In my PhD work I study Sacred Sites, Sacred Landscapes, and Religion and Ecology. The word sacred however, means set apart, separated. Modern notions of sacred and profane, culture and nature separate and divide. Holy, on the other hand, comes from Germanic and later English root words connected to wholeness, health, and even happiness. Its not that I will never use the word sacred, it is just that Holiness captures better what I strive for in my life and to understand in my work. How are landscapes and human well being connected?  A few preliminary thoughts:

• Holyscapes are places where human beings make their living, grow their food, where they go to be with family and friends, where they worship, where they move and where they dwell.

• Holyscapes are also places where non-humans can flourish without exploitation and the threat of extirpation.

• Holyscapes are the many layers of place, story and sacred sites that preceded many of us of immigrant background.

• Holyscapes are the wild and tangled inner landscapes where we fight demons, and strive toward the Divine.

My Blog at Patheos will continue to explore this theme. To access Jason's Blog, CLICK HERE .

Laudato Si Resources - Jubilee Year of Mercy

"That we may take good care of creation–a gift freely given–cultivating and protecting it for future generations."
Pope Francis - February 2016

The following items related to  Pope Francis' encyclical  “ LAUDATO SI ” are also recommended:

1. Videos produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network and Religions for Peace, in partnership with the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. To access these videos, CLICK HERE .

2. To download a pdf copy of " LAUDATO SI " ( CLICK HERE )

3. To watch a series of 14 videos (most approx 20-30 minutes each; total duration 3 hrs 48 mins) on Laudato Si' by Dan Horan, ofm (Holy Name Province, USA), CLICK HERE .
Dan Horan, ofm, is a young friar whose book, " The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton ", is strongly recommended. He is an interesting and effective teacher/communicator.

As we start the Year of Mercy, priest and artist Timothy Klunk, Pastor at Our Lady of Victory, explains how art connects us with God through many human expressions. He then narrates the official explanation of the Logo for the Jubilee of Mercy.

Pope Francis has declared that the Universal Catholic Church will observe a Jubilee Year of Mercy from December 8, 2015, to November 20, 2016.