Legistis et Cognoscitis (Read and Understand)

Have you ever read some document relating to our Faith and stumbled over an untranslated latin phrase with no idea of its meaning?  If so, then you'll appreciate 'Google translate'.  It's not perfect and one can easily see the difficulty in translating an ancient language.  Nevertheless, it's a great aid and gives some reasonable sense of what's being said. 

(St. Jerome - Patron of Translators)
Quid Sancte Hieronyme dicit?


Japanese Bishops to Set Up Center in Sendai

If you'd like to donate to Japan's disaster relief consider sending funds via Catholic Relief Services, an affiliate of Caritas International. To donate use the link below.

(Source: Catholic News Service via The Catholic Review Online)

ROME – Japanese church officials are setting up an emergency center to coordinate humanitarian aid operations in Sendai, the area most devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

The center will be managed by Caritas Japan and will draw on the resources of numerous Catholic volunteers who have come forward in the wake of the disaster, the Vatican missionary news agency Fides reported.

Japan’s bishops, meeting in Sendai March 16, decided to establish the center and initiate additional relief efforts under the supervision of Caritas... (read full story)

To donate click: http://crs.org/japan/

a minor friar: Theses on Choosing Lenten Observances

Here's a practical list of thoughts to consider when choosing a penance for lent. Posted by Br. Charles, OFM Cap on his blog 'a friar minor'. Click below to read.

a minor friar: Theses on Choosing Lenten Observances:
"I wrote these up a couple of Lents ago, but I think they are still helpful in our discernment of how we may enter into this 'joyful season.'..."

Listening To Silence

Listening To Silence
The noise of silence can be deafening!
All that chatter arising from within
We choose to stifle
As so much "din".

Do we drown ourselves
In mountainous
So as not to hear the Voice within?

The silence of listening will bring us…
into the heart that needs to be rent
Of clutter,
Chaos and disorder…
Of self-seeking and fear.

Are we afraid of what we worship?
Is there fear in letting go;
Of emptying,
to find the idols
letting them crumble into dust?

Love is there, awaiting the Opening!
Will Love find the welcome?
In welcoming, will the Silence
Be born once again?

Jean Mahan, sfo
(Reprinted with permission)

A Woman For Our Time

The following is an update and trailer on the film project regarding St. Elizabeth of Hungary. I originally found this on our internaitonal fraternity website (CIOFS) and have supported the project. Below the video is a message from the producer Lori Pieper, SFO. Also, for those interested, there are various formation documents on St. Elizabeth in the footer section of this blog.

Dear Friends of St. Elizabeth,

I have good news in this update: On Dec 13 we recorded the voice actors
for the film – the ones who spoke the words of St. Elizabeth, Ludwig, the
testifying handmaids, Master Conrad and other historical figures. On Feb
9, after a delay for Christmas vacation and to search for just the right
person, we recorded the final narration track with a wonderful voice
actress. Earlier this month, I also received a CD with the very beautiful
music composed and recorded by Peter Vamos. My brother is still finishing
his part – but very soon all the major work for the film will be done.

I had no idea there would be this many delays, and once again I must
apologize to everyone, especially all the people who donated – but rest
assured, all of your contributions have been put to good use. So far, no
date has been set for the Quebec and New York premieres, but I will keep
you posted. I hope also to redo one of our trailers with the Vamos music,
but until then, you can enjoy the earlier versions[inserted above].

More of the bills for video and photo rights and stock shots are coming
due. Perhaps the biggest item is the $600 we owe to the Vatican Television
Center for the rights to a video of John Paul II speaking about St.
Elizabeth in Hungary. And we still have a music clearance of $200 to deal
with. (All the other music has been donated). So once again, I’d like to
urge people who are interested in the film to make a donation. You can
donate here, using your Paypal account or credit or debit card.


Or you can send a check or money order to Lori Pieper, Tau Cross Books and Media, 30 W. 190th St., Apt. 6N, Bronx, NY 10468. If you donate $10 or
more, you will get a copy of the DVD.
Please be sure to include your name
and mailing address. As soon as the film is actually completed, I will
start taking pre-orders, but you will have to pay full price, so donating
is still a bargain!

Please keep reading these updates to learn of future showings. If you are
in the New York area and are interested in having a showing in your
church, school, SFO fraternity, etc. -- anywhere that has a TV or screen
and DVD player, please let me know, and I will supply you with a DVD and
try to be on hand for it. The final cut will be around 1 hr 45 min.
Because of the need for funds to complete the film, I want to either
charge admission or take up a collection for these showings.

Remember, if there is anyone you think might be interested in the
documentary, please forward them this e-mail. And if anyone wants to be on
the list for updates, or to be taken off, they just need to send an e-mail
to me at the above address.

Thanks you for your patience, especially all those who have donated so
generously. May God, St. Francis and St. Elizabeth bless you.

Lori Pieper, SFO