Three friars

After Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a lighter note seems appropriate, so I’ll share what I’m learning from three friars.

“Friar” is from the Latin, frater, or “brother,” via the old French frere. The first friar I knew was Walt Disney’s Friar Tuck. Then I learned about the mendicant (beggar) friars of the 13th Century, such as Francis of Assisi, Italy (1182-1226) and Dominic of Caleneuga, Spain (1170-1221), hence the Franciscans and Dominicans. The Carmelites began when some hermits on Mount Carmel (near Haifa, Israel) formed an order around 1206-1214. The Augustinians formed in 1244 in Tuscany, Italy after Augustine of Hippo (354-430). These four orders, and others such as the Poor Clares, after Clare of Assisi (1194-1253), brought new life to the church.

I wrote about Francis in the October 4 post. Today, I’ll simply remind you of the familiar prayer attributed to him:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life. Amen.

My two contemporary friar mentors are Richard (a two-legged) and Friar. More about them will be forthcoming.


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