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Thought for the Day – 29 November – The Memorial of St Francesco Antonio Fasani OFM Conv (1681 – 1742)

Thought for the Day – 29 November – The Memorial of St Francesco Antonio Fasani OFM Conv (1681 – 1742)

St Francesco was loving, devout and penitential.   He was a sought-after confessor and preacher.   One witness at the canonical hearings regarding Francesco’s holiness testified, “In his preaching he spoke in a familiar way, filled as he was with the love of God and neighbour; fired by the Spirit, he made use of the word and deed of holy Scripture, stirring his listeners and moving them to do penance.”   Francesco showed himself a loyal friend of the poor, never hesitating to seek from benefactors what was needed.

At his death in Lucera, children ran through the streets crying out, “The saint is dead! The saint is dead!”   Francesco was Canonised in 1986.

Eventually we become what we choose.   If we choose stinginess, we become stingy.   If we choose compassion, we become compassionate.   The holiness of Francesco Antonio Fasani resulted from his many small decisions to cooperate with God’s grace.

St Francesco Antonio Fasani, Pray for Us!st francesco antonio fasani pray for us - 29 nov 2018

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Quote of the Day – 29 November – The Memorial of St Francesco Antonio Fasani OFM Conv (1681 – 1742)

Quote of the Day – 29 November – The Memorial of St Francesco Antonio Fasani OFM Conv (1681 – 1742)

“The Will of God –
that is my Paradise.”

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One Minute Reflection – 29 November – Today’s Gospel: Luke 21:20–28 – “Look up and raise your heads”

One Minute Reflection – 29 November – Today’s Gospel: Luke 21:20–28, Thursday of the Thirty Fourth week in Ordinary Time, Year B and the Memorial of St Francesco Antonio Fasani OFM Conv (1681 – 1742)

“Now when these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”...Luke 21:28now when these things begin to take place - luke 21 28 - 29nov2018

REFLECTION – “Babylon falls because of its corruption;  Jerusalem because of its distraction; its failing to welcome the Lord who comes to her rescue.   She did not feel the need of salvation.   She had the writings of the prophets, Moses and this was enough.  But sealed writings!   She left no room for salvation, her door was closed to the Lord!   The Lord was knocking at her door but there was no willingness to receive Him, to listen, to be rescued by Him.   And so she falls…
Corruption gives you a sort of happiness, it gives you power and it also makes you feel self-satisfied, however, it doesn’t leave room for the Lord, for conversion.   The word corruption speaks of many things today – of not only economic corruption but corruption with so many different sins.   The worst kind of corruption is the spirit of worldliness.
When we think of the end of time, with all of our sins, with our history, let us think of the banquet which will be freely offered us and let us lift up our heads.   Do not give way to depression:  Hope!   Reality is ugly.   There are many, many people, cities and people, so many people who are suffering; many wars, so much hatred, so much envy, so much spiritual worldliness and so much corruption.   Yes, it’s true!   All of this will fall!
Let us ask the Lord for the grace to be prepared for the banquet that awaits us, always with our heads held high.”…Pope Francis – Santa Marta, 27 November 2014when we think of the end of times - pope francis 29 nov 2018

PRAYER – Lord God, creator of all Light and creator of all good, grant that we may look up to You always and know that by Your Light and your goodness we are safe in this world of corruption.   May the Light of our Lord Jesus, make the path He has set out bright and clear and may the prayers of St Francesco Antonio Fasani be a help in our struggle.   Lead us, Lord, in Your kindness and mercy to the banquet which awaits us.  We make our prayer through Christ our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.st francesco antonio fasani pray for us no 3 - 29 nov 2018

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Saint of the Day – 29 November – St Francesco Antonio Fasani (1681 – 1742) – 29 November

Saint of the Day – 29 November – St Francesco Antonio Fasani OFM Conv. (1681 – 1742) also known as Antony Fasani, Francis Anthony Fasani, Francis Fasani – was an Italian Friar and Priest of the Order of Conventual Friars Minor, Teacher, Confessor, Preacher, Mystic, Apostle of prayer and charity, Marian devotee – he was born on 6 August 1681 in Lucera, Foggia, Italy as Giovanniello Fasani and died on 29 November 1742 in Lucera, Foggia, Italy of natural causes.   Patronage – Lucera, his home town in Foggia.st fasani

St Francesco was the son of Giuseppe Fasani and Isabella della Monaca.   He began his studies at the Conventual friary in his town and there entered the Order, taking the religious names of Saints Francis and Anthony.   Fasani professed his religious vows in 1696.

Once having professed his vows, Fasani began theological studies in Agnone and continued them in the General Study Centre at Assisi, close to the tomb of St Francis.   It was there that Fasani was ordained to the priesthood in 1705.   He stayed in Assisi and completed his theological studies there in 1707.

From 1707 until his death in 1742, Fasani spent the rest of life in residence in his hometown of Lucera and endeared himself to the faithful of that town and all of Daunia and Molise.   In 1709, he received the degree of Doctor of Theology and, from that time on, Fasani became known to all as “Padre Maestro” (“Father Master”), a title which is still attributed to him today in Lucera.   Fasani also fulfilled many duties in the Franciscan Order, being a respected teacher of scholastic philosophy and was entrusted with the position of Master of novices and the junior professed friars. HEADER 1127francesco7

He was later appointed to serve as the guardian of the community of friars and the pastor of the town.   He came to be elected Minister Provincial of his province in the Order.   As a worthy ministry of “the one who uninterruptedly exercises his priestly mission for us in the Liturgy through the Spirit” (PO, 5), Fr Fasani dedicated himself with zeal-especially the administration of the sacrament of Penance and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.   “He heard the confession of every type of person,” asserted a witness, “with the greatest patience and kindness on his face”.   He was charitable and welcoming to all, giving as his reason the hope of being able one day to say to the Lord:  “I was indulgent, I don’t deny it but it was You who taught me to be so.”SAN FRANCESCO ANTONIO FASANI (1994)-apulia

Fasani was known for having a deep life of prayer and was considered to be a mystic, becoming greatly in demand as a confessor and preacher.   He constantly preached popular parish missions, gave retreats and led Lenten devotions and novenas – either in his own town or wherever he was requested.   It was reported by his contemporaries that he would levitate while at prayer.   At the same time, he was a steadfast friend of the poor, constantly seeking out the financial support necessary for efforts to meet their needs.

Fasani died in Lucera and was buried in the parish church there.   Upon the news of his death, children could be heard running through the streets shouting, “The saint is dead!   The saint is dead!”stainedglass-anthonyfasani

The proceedings to open the cause for his canonisation began several years after his death.   Testimony to his holy life was given by many people of region.   Among them was his old friend, Blessed Antonio Lucci (1682–1752), who by then was a Bishop in the region.   Progress did not take place, however, until the 20th century, when he was beatified in 1951 by Pope Pius XII and subsequently Canonised in 1986 by St Pope John Paul II.SHRINE of st francesco fasani Parde-Maestro-Santo_gSHRINE of st francesco fasani Parde-Maestro-Santo 2_gHEADER - beautiful - san-francesco-lucera-1

From the Vatican biography of St Francesco: – “The spiritual life of Fr Fasani was characterised by those virtues that made him like his Seraphic Father St Francis.   In fact, it was said in Lucera:  “Whoever wants to see how St Francis looked while he was alive should come to see Padre Maestro.”   In imitation of St Francis he built his religious life on the basis of a generous participation in the mysteries of Christ through the most faithful practice of the evangelical counsels, which he considered to be a radical expression of perfect charity.   In his constant prayers, inflamed with seraphic love, he called out to God, saying to Him:  “O Highest Love, Immense Love, Eternal Love, Infinite Love.”

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Saint of the Day 27 November

Saint Francis Anthony Fasani, O.F.M. Conv (1681-1742) Franciscan Priest, Monk, Mystic, Teacher, Preacher – Patron of his home town Lucera, Foggia in Italy

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Francesco was born in Lucera (Southeast Italy) and grew up a pious child. He entered the Conventional Franciscan order at the young age of 14, taking the name Francis. Ordained ten years later. Initially, he was appointed to teach philosophy to the younger friars, served as the guardian of his friary, became the provincial of the order, master of novices and finally Priest in his hometown. There he lived for 35 years, an unwavering witness to the Gospel life and a zealous pastoral witness.

He was loving, devout and penitential. He was a sought-after confessor and preacher. One witness at the canonical hearings regarding Francesco’s holiness testified, “In his preaching he spoke in a familiar way, filled as he was with the love of God and neighbour; fired by the Spirit, he made use of the words and deed of holy Scripture, stirring his listeners and moving them to do penance.” Francesco showed himself a loyal friend of the poor, never hesitating to seek from benefactors what was needed.

From the Vatican biography of Saint Francesco: – “The spiritual life of Fr. Fasani was characterized by those virtues that made him like his Seraphic Father St. Francis. In fact, it was said in Lucera: “Whoever wants to see how St. Francis looked while he was alive should come to see Padre Maestro.” In imitation of St. Francis he built his religious life on the basis of a generous participation in the mysteries of Christ through the most faithful practice of the evangelical counsels, which he considered to be a radical expression of perfect charity. In his constant prayers, inflamed with seraphic love, he called out to God, saying to Him: “O Highest Love, Immense Love, Eternal Love, Infinite Love.”