The cost is $14 per kit.
“Prepare your heart to suffer all that this world throws at you—humbly and patiently.” St. Francis
Francis came to us during a time when the clergy was corrupt and the church was no longer respected. The church had become like society—rich, self-serving and stuffy. Public worship was reduced to ceremony with not much depth. It was Francis who brought ideas of reform.
He followed the Gospels after giving up all his worldly riches and finding love in poverty. Francis saw the Gospels as a ‘guidebook’ for living, as they are the way to God and serve as an example of how to live life in spirit and deed. Francis wants us to become the ‘living gospel’ – living, sharing, and offering the Good News to those around us. Give to the poor and you’ll have treasure in heaven.
Francis began a movement, “Band of Little Brothers”, living by the Gospels. Here began the Franciscan spirituality—simple, peace-filled, joyful living in harmony with God and nature with great concern and care for the poor. Always give thanks and praise to God, for His blessings, grace filled moments, His mercy and His love. Also, having trust in knowing that God’s unconditional love for us runs deep and is constant in our pain and suffering.
After receiving the Stigmata, Francis went from town to town preaching, evangelizing and performing miracles. Unfortunately, he found himself tormented in darkness and took to living in a cave, where he composed the Canticle of the Sun. Joy returned to him and in his last year, Francis wrote letters as his way of evangelizing because he could no longer travel.
I have prepared and posted a synopsis of “The Life of St. Francis of Assisi” by Paul Sabatier that provides some additional details of the life of St. Francis of Assisi.
I have also prepared and posted a synopsis of “Praying with Francis of Assisi by Joseph M. Stoutzenberger and John D. Bohrer that provides additional details on the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi.
Get closer to St. Francis of Assisi by praying this chaplet and asking for his intercession.
In this workshop, following my instructions, each participant will make their own Chaplet of St. Francis of Assis, which consists of 5 sets of 3 beads (Hail Mary, Our Father, and Glory Be), a centre bead and a tail with 2 beads, ending with either a felted woolen cross or a woolen beaded tassel. You can choose your own beads and felted woolen end, or choose a kit that I have put together if you’re not too sure about your colour choices. Each chaplet kit comes with a prayer page and plastic storage bag. After the chaplet is strung together, we pray the chaplet as a group.