Take a Franciscanized Spring Break

by Sister Julie Ann on March 17, 2010

Spring breaks, week long recesses from studying calendared early spring at universities and schools in the United States and other countries, often call for changes of img_7506.jpgscenery, a relaxed schedule or just hanging out with family and friends. We, the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, invite you to consider a ‘Franciscanized Spring Break’, a momentary pause in awe of this season of the year.

Here’s some simple, spiritual direction:

  • Open your eyes to the subtle wonders of spring around you.
  • Consider taking  a photo and send it to us or just comment here on Franciscanized Word describing the beauty you see.
  • Enjoy a perfect spring-time reading of The Little Flowers or The Fioretti, a collection of beloved stories about St. Francis and the early days of the Order, preserved by the awesome writer Brother Ugolino.

In the name of Jesus Christ our Crucified Savior, and of Mary His Virgin Mother. In this book are contained certain little flowers-to wit, miracles and pious examples of the glorious servant of Christ St. Francis, and of some of his holy companions; to the glory and praise of Jesus Christ. Amen. Continue the story…

 Take a Franciscanized Spring Break!

8 thoughts on “Take a Franciscanized Spring Break”

  1. Sister Sharon Paul says:

    THANK YOU for the SPRING BREAK filled with numerous, colorful flowers created from the hand of God. Last week I saw a yellow flower peeking up in our yard and many sprouts coming above the ground. Right now many are cleaning driveways, roadways, etc. from the Winter storms and also from high water. Enjoy all the surprises!

  2. Sister Rosangela says:

    Oh, the beauty of these little hardy flowers after a long winter devoid of color except for the white snow. God is ever delighting us with the change of seasons. It always amazes me to see the supposedly dead trees, etc. come to life again. As I get older I seem to be more aware of nature. I guess because we go at a slower pace and take more time to look around. Thanks for sharing this beauty with us.

  3. Sister Annette Kurey says:

    Thank you for sharing the first flowers of Spring. they are so pretty. As I look out the window here and see everything covered again with snow I long for our own flowers to show themselves. Yes, Our first little annual yellow spring flower was out and other green shoots were beginning to show themselves. They will persevere! It is exciting to watch. The snow will again melt and the glories of Our Lords redemption will show themselves in nature as Easter comes upon us. Blessings!

  4. Clara says:

    Spring is my favorite time of the year. It’s wonderful to hear the robins singing and to see the flowers come up.

  5. Today is one of those Charles Dicken’s March days:”It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.”

  6. Seeing the tulips and daffodils slowing breaking out of the ground even as these days are chilly and windy gives me hope for myself, our Church, and our world to continue to struggle through the cold and chilly difficulties we need to face especially as we begin this Holiest of Weeks with Jesus.

  7. How refreshing to see the new life in these pictures and to glimpse The Little Flowers of St. Francis! Thank you for a wonderful mental spring break to “smell the flowers”.I had not seen/heard the Charles Dicken’s quote before. It’s so true!

  8. Guest says:

    As I listen to this moving song, “Jesus, My Everything,” I am reminded of the favorite prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, “My God and My All”!

    Thank you Tess for sharing this song-prayer with us!

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