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September 7th, 2014

Who Are The Capuchin Monks?

Capuchin Friars Minor

Have you ever heard about the Capuchin monks? I am sure many of you know them, but for those who don’t, read on…

The Founder – Saint Francis of Assisi

St. Francis Assisi founded the Order of Friars Minor, inspired by his visions from God and the Gospel message he heard in 1208 while attending Mass on St. Matthias’ day which formed the basis of the Order. It goes like this: And as you go, preach the message, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out devils. Freely you have received, freely give. Do not keep gold, silver or money in your girdles, no wallet for your journey, nor two tunics, no sandals, nor staff; for the laborer deserves his living (Matthew 10.7-10).

The Order of Friars Minor grew rapidly, and was soon sending missions beyond Italy to other countries in the Mediterranean area. The first mission to England took place in 1224. It was in the same year, in September that Francis received the stigmata, while keeping a forty-day fast at a mountain hermitage at La Verna.

Franciscan History

Francis of Assisi had a dream – indeed more than one! Clare of Assisi shared this dream of rebuilding and revivifying the church of their day. Their radical life according to the gospel altered the patterns of religious life in the Roman Catholic tradition. Religious men and women would no longer live exclusively in the monastery cloister. The world became the Franciscan cloister! The dream of Francis and Clare did not die with them. Rather it pulsed down through the centuries to this present day, nurtured by people who caught the fire of their dream and re-en-kindled it in dreams of their own.

Capuchin-Franciscans have striven to be that type of people since the founding in 1528. As a community of brothers, they hope to be the stewards and agents of renewal of the ideals of Francis and Clare today. The early Capuchins blended a life of preaching, care of the poor, contemplation and simple living. Their dream took root, and soon there were Capuchin friars spread throughout the world!

Capuchin History

The Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans), in its attempt to remain faithful to the intentions of the founder, St. Francis of Assisi, went through many difficulties in the course of its history, which led to disagreements and divisions. The three major branches of the First Order for Religious men:
The Franciscan Friars Minor
The Conventual Friars Minor 
The Capuchin Friars Minor
have their own organization and legal structure, but share Francis as their Father and Founder.

The Capuchins are the youngest branch, going back to 1525, when some Friars Minor in the Marches wanted to live a stricter life of prayer and poverty to be closer to the original intentions of St. Francis. Thanks to the support of the Papal Court the new branch received early recognition and grew fast, first in Italy, and since 1574 all over Europe. The name Capuchins refers to the peculiar shape of the long hood. Originally, a popular nickname, it has become the official name of the Order, which now exists in 104 countries all over the world, with around 18,000 brothers living in more than 1,800 communities (fraternities, friaries).

Simplicity, closeness to the people, a fraternal spirit in their houses and their apostolate are visible signs that mark their lifestyle, while the emphasis on penance and prayer in the life of the first Capuchins needs to be revived. Besides the Capuchin Order for Religious men, there exist many contemplative monasteries of Capuchin nuns and a multitude of religious congregations for women with the Capuchin spirit, often founded with the assistance of a Capuchin friar.

The Secular Franciscan Order for lay people is an independent organization encompassing the whole Franciscan spectrum. Franciscans, Conventuals, Capuchins and other members of the Franciscan Family give spiritual assistance to the Secular Franciscan Order. All these groups of professed religious and secular Franciscans form the Franciscan Family.

Want to learn more about the Capuchin monks? Go to The Capuchin Province of St. Francis of Assisi.

July 26th, 2012

Pro-Life Effort From Tapestry Productions

Before I Formed You in the Womb

Tapestry Productions in Temecula, California is a Christian Fine Art Company whose main goal is to bring glory to God’s Word!

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…” – Jeremiah 1:5

We are teaming with Ray Comfort’s 180 to End Abortion and are releasing a new painting by Christian artist Ron DiCianni entitled Before I Formed You in The Womb. Ron himself is an abortion survivor and goes on to say that, “My mom had stopped her abortion attempt just as the procedure began, because she heard the voice of God saying to her, ‘Don’t do this… I have a plan for this baby.'”

Life is Precious

Life is precious, a fact we forget 3,700 times a day here in America and over 115,000 times world-wide as babies are killed in the procedure we call “abortion”. The simple fact is that, in 21st century America, life is often inconvenient, not precious.

In Before I Formed You… Ron DiCianni makes the statement that each life, as we’re told in Scripture, is known and crafted by God for a purpose. How must it grieve the Author of Life, each time one of those precious lives is destroyed.

The flip side of Before I Formed You… though is a celebration! A celebration of each life, of each baby formed and crafted by His hands! Psalm 127:3 says “Behold, children are a gift of the LORD the fruit of the womb is a reward.”

Buy The Print and Help Us

Each print sold will benefit a pro-life ministry or organization and buyers will receive a copy of Ray Comfort’s inspirational 180 DVD free of cost.  Please see this press release detailing the origins of this beautiful new painting and the prints.

– – – written by Eric Gilliland, 877.827.7763 ext. 7112

July 10th, 2012

Stories of Christian Heroes – 9 DVD Set

Stories of Christian Heroes - 9 DVD Set

As the thermometer climbs above the 100-degree mark, families often gather in air-conditioned rooms to play games or watch movies together. But what kind of movies are you watching with your children and grandchildren? Are you using these opportunities to inspire their faith?

We hope your kids will have lots of time for outdoor fun and activities this summer. When there is need for indoor fun, VOM’s Torchlighters DVD series provides a great alternative for kids ages 8-12.

This set of 9 DVDs for $60 will inspire and teach your kids through the stories of Jim Elliot, Gladys Aylward, John Bunyan, Perpetua, Eric Liddell, William Booth, Amy Carmichael, Richard Wurmbrand and William Tyndale.

Order your set now and consider ordering an extra set for friends, a local Christian school or your church library.

More About Torchlighters DVD Set

The Voice of the Martyrs is offering a special summer discount on the nine-DVD Torchlighters set, a collection of animated stories about Christian heroes throughout history. Each DVD tells the story of a hero of the faith, such as Jim Elliot, William Tyndale, Amy Carmichael or William Booth. These stories will challenge your children and grandchildren to think about what it means to follow Christ, even when it costs everything. Each DVD also includes questions to help engage your children in discussions about truths presented in the story.

For a limited time, you can purchase all nine DVDs for $60.

Perhaps you already own some of the Torchlighters DVDs. You may still want to order all nine and give the extras to Christian friends or donate them to your church library. May God bless our children and young people with a passion to serve His kingdom. We hope you and your family enjoy these wonderful summer months.

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