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Saint Frances of Rome - In loving service and obedience to the will of God
Saint Frances of Rome - In loving service and obedience to the will of God
Saint Frances of Rome - In loving service and obedience to the will of God
 
 
 

 
 

The Vision of Saint Francesca Romana by Orazio Gentileschi (1563-1639) ; 1615-19; Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino, Italy;
www.wga.hu
 
 
The patience and charity of Saint Frances
From the life of Saint Frances of Rome by Mary Magdalene Anguillaria, Superior of the Oblates of the Tower of Specchi (Tor de Specchi)
Chapters 6-7: Acta Sanctorum Martii 2, 188-189)


God tested the patience of Frances not only with her material fortune, but also in her own body, making her experience long and grave infirmities, as it has been already said, and will be said, later on. Nevertheless, no one was ever able to observe in her any act of impatience, nor the slightest sign of displeasure due to the ineptitude with which she was sometimes cared for.

Frances manifested her integral strength when her children died prematurely, who she loved tenderly; she always accepted with serenity the will of God, giving thanks for all that took place. With that same patience she bore those who criticized her, calmuniated her and spoke ill about her way of life. Never was it seen in her the slightest indication of aversion towards those people that spoke badly of her and her affairs; on the contrary, returning evil with good, she pleaded continuously to God for these people.

Since God had not chosen Frances so that she would be exclusively focused on her own sanctification, but rather so that she would employ the gifts He had bestowed upon her for the spiritual and corporal health of her neighbor, God gifted her with such goodness that, whoever had contact with her felt immediately captivated by her love and esteem, making themselves totally docile to her indications. It is so that, by the power of God, her words possessed such efficacy that, with just a brief exhortation, she would console the afflicted and disconsolate, tranquilize the distressed, calm the cantankerous, reconcile enemies, extinguish deep-rooted hatreds and rancors; in a word, she moderated the passions of men and oriented them towards their righteous end.

For all this the world resorted to Frances like a sure haven, and all found consolation, even though she severely reprimanded sinners and censured without any timidity those who had offended God, or were ungrateful to Him.

Amongst the diverse diseases and pestilences that were abundant in Rome, Frances, disregarding all danger of contagion, exercised her mercy with all the disgraced and needy. Easily she would find them. At first, she incited them to their expiation by uniting their sufferings to those of Christ. Later, she tended to them with all due care, lovingly exhorting them to accept with pleasure all their inconveniences and sufferings as coming from the very hand of God, so that they could bear them, by the love of the One who had suffered so much for them.

Frances was not content tending to the sick she could harbor in her own home; she looked for them in their huts and in the public hospitals. There she calmed their thirst, fixed up their beds and cured their ulcers; the more fetid and repugnant they were, the greater care she employed.

She was accustomed also to visit the hospital of Camposanto; there she distributed food and delicacies to the most needy. When she returned home, she brought with her the dirty rags and cloths and washed them carefully, ironing them with loving care, placing aromatics in between them, as if she was serving the Lord Himself.

For thirty days Frances carried out this service to the sick; that is to say, while she lived at home with her husband. And, during this period she also made frequent visits to the hospitals of Saint Mary, Saint Cecilia in the Trastevere, the hospital of the Holy Spirit, and of Camposanto. Since during this time contagious diseases abounded, it was very difficult to find not only doctors that could cure the sick, but also priests that would be concerned with what was needed for their souls; so she, by herself, sought out, found, and took the sick that were prepared to receive Penitence and the Eucharist to the priests. So as to act with greater freedom, she herself distributed money from her own funds to those priests that served in the hospitals, presenting them with those patients she indicated for their care.


PRAYER

O God, who gave us in Saint Frances the Roman a singular model of a matrimonial and monastic life, grant us to live in Your service with such persesverence, so that we may discover You and follow You in all the circumstances of our life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.


Translated from the Spanish by Jan Paul von Wendt - corazones.org
 
The patience and charity of Saint Frances
From the life of Saint Frances of Rome by Mary Magdalene Anguillaria, Superior of the Oblates of the Tower of Specchi (Tor de Specchi)
Chapters 6-7: Acta Sanctorum Martii 2, 188-189)


God tested the patience of Frances not only with her material fortune, but also in her own body, making her experience long and grave infirmities, as it has been already said, and will be said, later on. Nevertheless, no one was ever able to observe in her any act of impatience, nor the slightest sign of displeasure due to the ineptitude with which she was sometimes cared for.

Frances manifested her integral strength when her children died prematurely, who she loved tenderly; she always accepted with serenity the will of God, giving thanks for all that took place. With that same patience she bore those who criticized her, calmuniated her and spoke ill about her way of life. Never was it seen in her the slightest indication of aversion towards those people that spoke badly of her and her affairs; on the contrary, returning evil with good, she pleaded continuously to God for these people.

Since God had not chosen Frances so that she would be exclusively focused on her own sanctification, but rather so that she would employ the gifts He had bestowed upon her for the spiritual and corporal health of her neighbor, God gifted her with such goodness that, whoever had contact with her felt immediately captivated by her love and esteem, making themselves totally docile to her indications. It is so that, by the power of God, her words possessed such efficacy that, with just a brief exhortation, she would console the afflicted and disconsolate, tranquilize the distressed, calm the cantankerous, reconcile enemies, extinguish deep-rooted hatreds and rancors; in a word, she moderated the passions of men and oriented them towards their righteous end.

For all this the world resorted to Frances like a sure haven, and all found consolation, even though she severely reprimanded sinners and censured without any timidity those who had offended God, or were ungrateful to Him.

Amongst the diverse diseases and pestilences that were abundant in Rome, Frances, disregarding all danger of contagion, exercised her mercy with all the disgraced and needy. Easily she would find them. At first, she incited them to their expiation by uniting their sufferings to those of Christ. Later, she tended to them with all due care, lovingly exhorting them to accept with pleasure all their inconveniences and sufferings as coming from the very hand of God, so that they could bear them, by the love of the One who had suffered so much for them.

Frances was not content tending to the sick she could harbor in her own home; she looked for them in their huts and in the public hospitals. There she calmed their thirst, fixed up their beds and cured their ulcers; the more fetid and repugnant they were, the greater care she employed.

She was accustomed also to visit the hospital of Camposanto; there she distributed food and delicacies to the most needy. When she returned home, she brought with her the dirty rags and cloths and washed them carefully, ironing them with loving care, placing aromatics in between them, as if she was serving the Lord Himself.

For thirty days Frances carried out this service to the sick; that is to say, while she lived at home with her husband. And, during this period she also made frequent visits to the hospitals of Saint Mary, Saint Cecilia in the Trastevere, the hospital of the Holy Spirit, and of Camposanto. Since during this time contagious diseases abounded, it was very difficult to find not only doctors that could cure the sick, but also priests that would be concerned with what was needed for their souls; so she, by herself, sought out, found, and took the sick that were prepared to receive Penitence and the Eucharist to the priests. So as to act with greater freedom, she herself distributed money from her own funds to those priests that served in the hospitals, presenting them with those patients she indicated for their care.


PRAYER

O God, who gave us in Saint Frances the Roman a singular model of a matrimonial and monastic life, grant us to live in Your service with such persesverence, so that we may discover You and follow You in all the circumstances of our life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.


Translated from the Spanish by Jan Paul von Wendt - corazones.org


 
 
 
 
February 9 - Saint Frances of Rome (1384-1440) - In loving service and obedience to the will of God - Widow, Founder of Tor di Specchi order


 
 

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OUR FATHER

Our Father, Who Art In Heaven
Hallowed Be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Liberate us from all temptation[*]
And deliver us from all evil. Amen



[*] Liberate us is in keeping with the original Latin text.
       God usually does not "lead us" to temptation
       (unless we are tested),
       but gives us the grace to overcome and/or resist it
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HAIL MARY

Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art though among women,
And blessed is the fruit
Of thy womb, Jesus.
 
Holy Mary, Mary of God
Pray for us sinners
Now, and in the hour
Of our death. Amen


 
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APOSTLE'S CREED

I believe in God, the Father Almighty Creator of Heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the
[work and grace of the] Holy Ghost,[*]
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into the Dead.[**]
On the third day, He rose again;
He ascended into Heaven,
And sits at the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge
the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Ghost,[*]
The Holy Catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins.
The resurrection of the body,
And life everlasting. Amen


[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
[**] the Dead: "inferi", the underworld or the dead in Latin.
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GLORIA

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all her iniquities.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice
of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.

V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. From the gate of hell.
R. Deliver their souls, O Lord.
V. May then rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with Thy Spirit.

(50 days indulgence to all who pray the De Profundis with V. and R.
"Requiem aeternam" (Eternal Rest) three times a day.
Pope Leo XIII, February 3, 1888)


Let us pray:
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all
the faithful, we beseech Thee to grant
to the souls of Thy servants the remission
of their sins, so that by our prayers
they may obtain pardon for which they long.
O Lord, who lives and reigns,
world without end. Amen

May they rest in peace. Amen

CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
PADRE NUESTRO

Padre Nuestro,
que estas en los Cielos
Santificado sea Tu Nombre;
Venga a nosotros tu Reino;
Hágase Tu Voluntad
en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día;
Perdona nuestras ofensas,
Como también nosotros
perdonamos a los que nos ofenden,
No nos dejes caer en la tentación,
y líbranos del mal. Amén
 
CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
AVE MARÍA

Dios te salve, María,
llena eres de gracia;
El Señor es Contigo;
Bendita Tú eres
entre todas las mujeres,
Y bendito es el fruto
De tu vientre, Jesús.
 
Santa María,
Madre de Dios,
Ruega por nosotros
pecadores,
Ahora y en la hora
De nuestra muerte.
Amén
 
CERRAR
CREDO

Creo en Dios, Padre Todopoderoso,
Creador del cielo y de la tierra.
Creo en Jesucristo,
Su único Hijo, Nuestro Señor,
Que fue concebido por obra
y gracia del Espíritu Santo,
Nació de la Santa María Virgen;
Padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato,
Fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado,
Descendió a los infiernos,
Al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos,
Subió a los cielos
Y está sentado a la derecha de Dios,
Padre Todopoderoso.
Desde allí ha de venir a juzgar
a los vivos y a los muertos.

Creo en el Espíritu Santo,
La Santa Iglesia Católica,
La comunión de los santos,
El perdón de los pecados,
La resurrección de la carne
Y la vida eterna. Amén
 
 
CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor; Señor,
escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos
a la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?
Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia.
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

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GLORIA

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor;
Señor, escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos a
la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?

Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia,
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

V. Dadles, Señor, a todas las almas
el descanso eterno.
R. Y haced lucir sobre ellas
vuestra eterna luz.
V. Que en paz descansen.
R. Amén.