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October 5: A Merciful Heart

And what is a merciful heart? … The heart’s burning for all creation, for human beings, for birds and animals, and for demons, and everything there is. At the recollection of them and at the sight of them his eyes gush forth with tears owing to the force of the compassion which constrains his heart, so that, as a result of its abundant sense of mercy, the heart shrinks and cannot bear to hear or examine any harm or small suffering of anything in creation.
For this reason he offers up prayer with tears at all times, even for irrational animals, and for the enemies of truth, and for those who harm him, for their preservation and being forgiven … as a result of the immense compassion infused in his heart without measure – like God’s.
– Isaac of Nineveh

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Mercy in Saint Luke’s Gospel.

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Tomorrow night is the third of Fr Tom Herbst’s four talks on Mercy  in the Gospel of Luke  in Saint Thomas’s Church Hall, Iron Bar Lane, Canterbury  from 7.30 to 9.00.
The final one is next week, 12 October. Please feel able to come, even if you have not attended all the lectures so far.
You are asked to make a donation to cover Fr Tom’s expenses.

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Mercy in Luke’s Gospel

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Are we listening? Open Lectures at FISC.

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Mercy in Saint Luke’s Gospel

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July 13: Saint Mildred


Saint Mildred from a window at Preston-next-Wingham, Kent.  John Salmon

Happy Feast to our friends at Minster Abbey! Today is Saint Mildred’s day. She was one of those exemplary Saxon and Welsh princesses who wanted a life of prayer, scholarship and service rather than diplomatic marriage. She was not the founder  of  Minster Abbey, her mother was, but Mildred joined the community and eventually became Abbess. She is still held in affection locally, as evidenced by this window from Preston, some six miles distant.

From all at Agnellus Mirror and the Franciscan International Study Centre, to all at Minster: 

Happy Saint Mildred’s Day!

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Interruption: Greyfriars, Canterbury.

greyfriarschapelThe Chapel at Greyfriars, Canterbury.

I have added a few more photographs and notes to our page on ‘Greyfriars, our first home’, now in the loving custody of the Anglican friars, the Society of Saint Francis.

See: Greyfriars


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June 12: The message of Jesus is Mercy

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The message of Jesus is Mercy


  • The Face of God is Mercy
  • God forgives, not with a decree, but with a caress
  • Jesus too goes beyond the Law and forgives by caressing the wounds of our sins
  • Mercy does not forgive our sins. What erases sin is God’s forgiveness.  Mercy is the way in which He forgives.
  • Sin is more than a stain. It is a wound that needs to be treated and healed.
  • Mercy is the Lord’s most powerful message . . . let us be enveloped by the mercy of God . . . We will feel (God’s) wonderful tenderness, we will feel (God’s) embrace and we too will become more capable of mercy, patience, forgiveness and love.

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  • Fall into the ocean of mercy.


Reflection 1

We have received tremendous mercy and pardon from God.  Tremendous forgiveness and compassion from God.   How do we give that to others?   Are we as generous to others as the Lord is to us?

Reflection 2

In the early centuries of the Church one could only receive Absolution once in a lifetime.  Comparing that with today, does this give you a greater appreciation of the Sacrament and of this Year of Mercy?


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FISC Chapel by CD.

If you can come to the meeting after 10.00 a.m. Mass, welcome! MMB.

Friends of the Franciscan International Study Centre

Annual General Meeting, June 5, 2016

Draft Agenda

  1. Introduction – chairholder


  1. Apologies for absence


  1. Minutes of last AGM


  1. Matters Arising


  1. Principal’s Report – Fr Tom Reist


  1. Financial Report – James Somerville-Meikle


  1. Chairholder’s Report – Maurice Billingsley
  • Liturgy and Prayer
  • Gifts to Departing Students
  • Social Events past and future
  • Agnellus Mirror Blog
  • Ecumenism
    • Churches Together in Canterbury
    • Credit Union and other support for neighbours
    • January 2017


  1. Any Other Business



Matters may be drawn to the chairholder’s attention by email: maurice.billingsley1@btopenworld.com

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Franciscan Studies in Canterbury

  Another word from our sponsors!

If you want to learn more about Franciscan life and thought, the first course below might interest you.

The second is maybe for you if you feel ‘What? Novice Mistress (or Master) – me? Help!’ If you are appointed to the community in a house of formation, start here! You’ll find plenty of wisdom among the staff and your fellow students, who come from different branches of the Franciscan family in different parts of the world.

The Franciscan International Study Centre, Canterbury, is now accepting applications for our Certificate in Franciscan Studies and Certificate in Training for Franciscan Formation.

These two six-month programmes, which are internally accredited but at present not externally validated, begin on 10 October 2016 and end on 17 March 2017.

For more information email info@franciscans.ac.uk or call 01227 769349.

Read more about the Centre here: http://www.franciscans.ac.uk/

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