Thinking Time


Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen. By your pure and immaculate conception, O Mary, make my body pure and my soul holy. My Mother, free me this day from mortal sin. Amen. (Repeat 3 x first thing in the AM and last thing in the PM)

When a child is born, their first thought must be,: ‘WHY?, why did you take me out of my safe place and hey, I’m cold here!’

Or maybe not, but in my own case I frankly do not recall any thought whatsoever. But now, some decades later, shadowy images curl through my mind’s eye quite often. These images of times and events drift in and out of conscious thought like clouds lifted on a spring breeze. Maybe they are reminders of the gifts that I’ve received throughout my life.

One such recurring memory, is of me sitting on a basement stairway watching my Dad and another fellow wrestle a washing machine up the stairs and out of the flooded basement below. I also recall Dad angrily shouting at me to ‘get out of the way!’

Carl Jung must have light to shed on this dream, but in terms of my own prayers I think I was pretty lucky to have a Dad to take care of emergencies like the flooded basement and appliance rescue. I mean, what would Mom have done if Dad weren’t able to take care of things. So, let me just say: Thank you God for giving me a great Dad.

Prayer Time

SECULAR FRANCISCANS can be called “Do-gooders” and originally were Brothers and Sisters of Penance (which means doing good). And, our job is to do good for the Church, which means for the people who comprise the Church. We are evangelical specifically by our example! We seek to unite with Christ as brothers to Him when we fulfill the Will of the Father who is in Heaven. More than doing good, our Secular Franciscan Order has “rules“. And, that is what this writer was seeking when he came to the Order, he felt the need for Spiritual Direction in his life. Maybe that describes you too.

In an excerpt from “The Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order” written by John Cardinal Volke – Pope John Paul VI approved the “Rule”, under the Ring of the Fisherman, meaning that the Secular Franciscan Order is approved by the Church which Christ founded. It is in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ that this essay on “PRAYER LIFE” is offered. We trust that Jesus who is Lord will guide this writing within the bounds of His Will for us.

Jumping from the introduction of Secular Francanism to Rule Number 8, we quote:


WE BEGIN: this is the author’s personal daily prayer routine. Of course some of these prayers are required by our rule, but that’s how we stay connected with the Church that Christ founded. All of the prayers are made with that mission in mind, that we are part of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. We always unite our personal prayer with those of all the faithful so we might keep in mind our resonance with the Holy Spirit and unite our personal prayer more closely with the Word of God and public voice of the Church.

*times are listed for reference and remain arbitrary depending on daily schedules.

0600 (+/-)*

Hail Mary, full of Grace, blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen. By your pure and immaculate conception, O Mary, make my body pure and my soul holy. My Mother, free me this day from mortal sin. Amen. (Repeat 3 x first thing in the AM and last thing in the PM)

Our Father, who are in heaven,hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Haily Mary, Full of Grace, blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.

O, my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of your mercy. Amen.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you. (Repeat 3 x)

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I offer you this day through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, all of my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings, for the intentions of your Sacred Heart, the salvation of souls, reparation for sins, and unity of all Catholics with the holy sacrifice of the Eucharistic Mass throughout the world. I offer them for the holy intentions of our bishops, all apostles of prayer, and the holy intentions of Pope Francis. Amen.

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, and in Jesus Christ, his only son Our Lord who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontious Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell and rose again from the dead on the third day. He ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of the Father from there He will judge the living and the dead, I believe in the Holy Spirit, one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church, the communion of saints, resurrection of the body, forgiveness of sins, and life everlasting. Amen.

Readings of daily morning prayers from Magnificat Magazine

Readings of daily prayers from Auxilium Christianorum.

Pray the Daily Holy Rosary.

0700 Ablutions and Breakfast.

0900 Daily Liturgy of the Hours, the Divine Office – Morning Prayer.

0930 Daily Mass participation (Mon-Sat. online with Catholic TV Daily Mass or in our parish church).

1000 The workday begins.

1200 Lunch Break – usually includes a short, random, reading from Scripture for thought and prayerful meditation (aka Lesctio Divina)

1600 The workday ends.

1700 Dinner

1800 Daily Liturgy of the Hours, the Divine Office – Evening Prayer

1820 Relaxation and Recreation.

2100 Night Prayer from Magnificat Magazine, followed by morning &nightly prayer for purity and holiness

Hail Mary full of grace, blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen. By your pure and immaculate conception, O Mary, make my body pure and my soul holy. My Mother, free me this day from mortal sin. Amen. (Repeat 3 x first thing in the AM and last thing in the PM)

So there you have the personal prayer routine of yours truly. It really amounts to only 3 hours a day … not much compared to the 24 hours God has given us, when you think about it. But, look, I get that this prayer intensity is not for everybody, so take consolation from Saint Therese of Lisieux who really was more a fan of conversation with God, than of formal prayer. As Noah might have said: ‘Whatever floats your boat, sail on.’ 🙂 AMEN.


Saint Francis of Assisi, thinking that god had told him to rebuild an old derelict church building. So Francis went to the work with great gusto. Later he heard God telling him ‘not the building – the Church made of people.’ So Francis got busy on the unending task of rebuilding the Church.His work continues even to this day.

Saint Padre Pio is reported to have stated he had no problem praying for a happy death for his long deceased Grandfather.

Saint Anthony, whose reputation for great homilies, first came to Italy searching for Francis of Assisi. Along the way, he tried preaching sermons but nobody wanted to listen. So the story goes, he turned toward the waters and began preaching to the fishes. Now, many believe the fish rose to the surface and listened raptly to St, Anthony.

Saint Maximillian Kolbe, O.F.M.-Conventual, is officially adopted as Philosopher/ Publisher/Writer Patron Saint of this Publication by P. J. Chalmers, Ed.D., O.F.S. Philosopher/Publisher/Writer.

own his own life to save that of another.

In Honor of him, St. Maximillian, we post the following prayer:

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you. And for all those who do not have recourse to you; especially enemies of the Holy Church and all those recommended to you” Amen.

This prayer is Kolbe’s Miraculous Medal Prayer that accompanied foundation of the Militia Immaculata October 16. 1917.(p.7) 2020. Official Prayer Book of the Immaculata, USA. Peoria, IL. Militia of the Immaculata.



In taking on this task, let it be noted that this represents the work as translated by Allan Wolter, O.F.M. … Wolter, Allan, O.F.M. (Translator). 1987. Philosophiocal Writings, A Selection. Indianapolis, IN: Hackett Publishing Co.

This study, based not on this author’s opinion, but rather interpretation of Allan Wolter’s translation.

Where best to start this exploration of John Duns of Scotland for this interpretive examination (hermeneutic research) may be to re-trace the Scotus path. He (Wolter) began with six major themes: metaphysics; natural knowledge; existence of God; unicity of God; human knowledge; and, last, spirituality and immortality of the human soul.

Our current concern, the eternal soul, illuminates the idea that life exists without end. This study tests the ideas presented in the Current Read, by P.J. deCamera (the pen name of Patrick J. Chalmers) presented as creative fiction.

Note that in the days of Scotus, scholars presented their ideas in public disputations. They argued points of view. This Scotus argument came about as a critique of Thomas Aquinas-style proofs of the soul’s incorporeal and immortal quality or condition. Scotus own view was rendered with more guarded conclusions.

The opening (p. 134)

“I ask: Can it be known by natural reason that there will be a general resurrection of mankind?

Any good argument has at least a pro and a con. Scotus offers five proofs of eternal life through natural reason and three proofs against knowing of eternal life through the same natural reason. He then opens theoretical knowledge to the tests of, not observation, but rather, logical reasoning.

And, he proceeds to define the logical method, which includes three separate propositions: the intellective soul is the specific form of man; the intellective soul is incorruptible; and, the specific form of man remains forever outside the composite. (intellective simply means our ability to reason and know, and think, and understand and choose freely – as in intelligently and with free will).

Scotus, once again, provides the pro and con arguments to each.

His response to the logical method consumes over twenty-two pages of reasoning, so for the sake of brevity let’s just go to a summary of his five page conclusion concerning the “Arguments”. First he dismisses natural reason as a way of knowing the existence of a general resurrection, and also dismisses the desire of being forever happy as a way of knowing just as finding happiness with another is not to call it perfect happiness. Then Scotus points to the idea of going on forever through the continuous succession of individuals. He says no to that as well. So, for individual eternal life, he concludes our belief in our own immortality is a gift from God.

Scotus’ conclusion: ” … thanks must be given to our Creator, who through faith has made us most certain of those things which pertain to our end and to eternal life– … “

JOHN DUNS WAS A 14TH CENTURY FRANCISCAN in the Order of Friars Minor.

He “flourished at Cambridge, Oxford, Paris, and died at Cologne, p.xv He was most born in 1266 and died November 8, 1308. He was an ardent Theologian Philosopher, lecturer, and writer. Should the reader choose to pursue deeper knowledge of his work a great place to start is the translation by Allan Wolter called “Duns Scotus: Philosophical Writings.

If you want to know more about Franciscans, contact me (see the Contact Page for my eMail address), Dr. Patrick J. Chalmers, O.F.S.

Of course I’m only one of over 350,000 of Secular Franciscans worldwide and then there are way more men and women (very hard being exact on the numbers, but my guess is about 50,000 people) in Catholic Consecrated Franciscan Orders. And many, many more Franciscans from various Protestant denominations. I would not be surprised if there were well over half million people who identify themselves as Franciscans. We

Franciscans do a lot of good in the name of Love through Peace and Good; isn’t that what we need more of to heal all the people? And we can always use more help. The reward for you is in eternal life where everything really is perfect.

O.F.S. are the initials for Ordo Franciscanus Saecularis, which means Secular Franciscan Order, and that means we are just everyday people who have banded together, in hopes of doing good and being peacemakers. So, what are you waiting for, find out more about us. You too can become a Secular Franciscan

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