Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Anglican Franciscan Pioneers

On this day, members of the Third Order of the Society of St Francis keep a commemoration of the Anglican Franciscan Pioneers, giving thanks for the vision and faith of those who established the Franciscan Life in the Anglican Communion in its Three Orders. It gives me a good opportunity to quote one of the heroes of this particular Communion of Saints, Father Andrew of the Society of the Divine Compassion. Fr Andrew died in 1946, having been ordained over 50 years, the first Religious to be ordained in a habit since the Reformation. Although none of his work remains in print, copies can often be found lurking in second hand bookstores. (Many of his Retreat addresses were transcribed by participants, and so are printed in appropriately bite-sized forms for a new Century, now none of us allegedly has an attention span!)
Fr Andrew wrote, in words that continue to inspire:
Never judge God by what happens to you; but see what happens to you in the light of the Incarnation, Death and Resurrection of Jesus.