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January 16th, 2016

Tau Cross

Tau Cross

Tau, the Cross much-loved by St. Francis was used symbolically in the Old Testament and is based on the last letter of Hebrew alphabet. Tau Cross is also called the Cross of Tau, the Cross of St. Francis and the Cross of St. Anthony.

Tau Cross in The Bible

First time TAU was mentioned in the Book of Ezekiel: “The Lord said to him, ‘Go through the city, through Jerusalem, and put a mark upon the foreheads of the men who sigh and groan over the abominations” (Ezekiel 9:4). Hence based on Ezekiel, an angel, St. Gabriel was directed by God to go and mark the foreheads of the faithful with the Tau symbol. Thus those who marked with the Tau were saved from the destruction.

St.Francis and Tau Cross

Traditionally it is believed that St. Anthony, the Egyptian hermit carried a Tau cross. But it was St. Francis and the Franciscan order that popularized the use of the Tau cross. St.Francis was familiar with the religious community that was led by St. Anthony the hermit, a community which was active in Assisi during St. Francis’s time. And it is believed that this is probably where St.Francis first encountered the Tau Cross.

St.Francis used the TAU cross symbol in his writings, painted it everywhere, on the walls and doors of the places where he stayed, used it as his only signature on his writings and the symbol for his order.

Tau cross – A Symbol

The Tau cross as a symbol is typically very simple and it remained us of our own Christian call and sincerity of response. And it is a sign of the awareness of a Christian, i.e. a sign that reminds us that we too must be strong in time of trial, ready to obey the Father, as Jesus was obedient before the Father’s will.

– – – written by Binu Jose

November 29th, 2015

Book : The Mystic Of Mystics

The Mystic of Mystics

About The Author Liam Ó Comáin

This is a new book by Liam Ó Comáin, an Irish poet born from the town of Limavady in County Londonderry, also known as County Derry. Liam now resides in Derry City along with his wife, Sheila and their four children – three boys and a girl – namely Saoirse, Canice, Gaelan, and his daughter, Labhan.

The author, now retired, has written and published a number of books on poetry, Irish politics, pigeon racing, and the mystical aspect of Christianity.

Content of The Mystic Of Mystics Book

In this publication – THE MYSTIC OF MYSTICS – Liam introduces St. Juan de la Cruze (or in English – St. John of The Cross) who is considered one of the best if not the greatest writer of prose and poetry pertaining to the spiritual life.

The author refers to Juan/John as a close friend and admits his admiration for the saint’s prose and poetry but especially for the wisdom of the contents. As a person who has always probed existence and its meaning the author acknowledges the contribution made by the thinking of this Doctor of The Catholic Church to the perspective and the faith which he now holds and practices. For although baptised a Christian, the author in his past has tread the highways and the bye-ways of atheism and agnosticism. Liam is also a member of The Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS).

The book is an important introduction by Liam to a friend whom he refers to as the mystic of mystics and in so doing advocates that Christianity must return to its mystical roots as it struggles against the evil of modern secularism emanating from the activity of satan. Here Liam is in accord with the thinking of Fr.Rahner and the importance of contemplation or mysticism to the Church as the Body of Christ.

The book also includes modern prayers and post-modern poems which relates to the topic of mysticism and St.John of The Cross. This book can also be purchased via Amazon website going to Buy The Mystic Of Mystics Book Online.

Book Review by John Dunlop

Liam Ó Comáin,the Limavady born poet and author now a Derry resident has just published his most recent book via United pc Publishers and its contents refer to the mysticism of the great Carmelite Doctor of the Catholic Church and Spanish-born Saint Juan de la Cruz.

The subject known in English as St.John Of The Cross is considered as one of the greatest poets and writers on the subject of spirituality in the history of humanity. His writings are considered number one on the subject of contemplation to the extent of strongly influencing non-Catholic experts and non-Christian experts on the subject of mysticism.

The title of the book is The Mystic Of Mystics and it is sub titled The Mystical Revolutionary.The author emphasises that humanity,today, requires knowledge of and implementation of mystical living for its overall benefit.

The subject for the general public is unravelled by the authors presentation of clarification of the Saints thought in a simple format. The book also includes poems,meditations,and prayers relating to the subject. The price of the book is eleven pounds and seventy pence and can be obtained from Amazon, Waterstones, Smiths and other book websites and suppliers.

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.

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