We are the Consolation of Christ Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order. We are a religious
order that lives apart but in fraternity. This ongoing fraternal life includes but is not limited to, daily readings of the
Gospel, living of The Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order, praying the Liturgy of Hours, having a personal spiritual director,
a personal confessor, special devotions, personal prayer life, attending Mass, receiving the sacraments, and monthly Fraternity
gatherings. The Brother or Sister who follows and lives this life enhances the lives of all around them. Paraphrasing St.
Francis of Assisi, they preach the Gospel by living it.
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St Francis and the Crib
It happened, three years prior to his death, that blessed Francis decided to celebrate at
the town of Greccio the memory of the birth of the child Jesus with the greatest possible solemnity, in order to arouse devotion.
He had a manger prepared, hay carried in and an ox and an ass led to the spot.
The brothers are summoned, the people
arrive, the forest amplifies with their cries, and that venerable night is rendered brilliant and solemn by a multitude of
bright lights and by resonant and harmonious hymns of praise.
The man of God stands before the manger, filled with
piety, bathed in tears, and overcome with joy. A solemn Mass is celebrated over the manger, with Francis, a Levite of Christ,
chanting the holy gospel. Then he preaches to the people standing around him about the birth of the poor King, whom, whenever
he means to call him, he called in his tender love, the Babe of Bethlehem.
A certain virtuous and truthful knight,
Sir John of Greccio, who has abandoned worldly, military activity out of love of Christ and had become an intimate friend
of the man of God, claimed that he saw a beautiful little child asleep in that manger whom the blessed father Francis embraced
in both his arms and seemed to wake it from sleep.
The hay from the crib was kept by the people and miraculously cured
animals and drove away different kinds of pestilence. Thus God glorified his servant in every way and demonstrated the efficacy
of his holy prayer by the evident signs of wonderful miracles.
Legenda Major - St. Bonaventure
The Consolation of Christ Fraternity, Secular Franciscan Order.
Where we meet.
The Consolation of Christ Fraternity, meets the fourth Saturday of each month at St. Madeline's
Church, 500 Tome, Ridley Park, Pa. 19078
Link to the
The web site of the Saint Katharine Drexel Regional Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan
Link to the:
The web site of the National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) in the
United States of America.