Pope St. Leo the Great
Invisible in His own nature, He became visible in
ours. Beyond our grasp, He chose to come
within our grasp. Existing before time began,
He began to exist at a moment in time.
Incapable of suffering as God, He did not refuse to
be a man, capable of suffering. Immortal, He
chose to be subject to the laws of death.
--Pope St. Leo the Great
The dignity of resembling the Almighty is common to
all men; we should then love them all as ourselves,
as living images of the Diety.
--St. Francis de Sales
Ocean of glory who has no need for Your glory to be
sung, in your goodness receive this drop of praise,
since by Your Gift You have supplied my tongue with
the power to glorify You!
--St. Ephraem the Syrian
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple
"Repent and believe the Good News!"
Penance means conversion. The Confraternity of
Penitents is a world wide private Catholic
association of the faithful, completely loyal to our
Pope and the Magisterium.
Our Rule of Life has been reviewed by our bishop and
recognized in these words: "this Rule does not
contain anything contrary to our faith; therefore it
may be safely practiced privately by you or by
anyone inclined to do so. . . . His Excellency
is appreciative of your efforts to live and promote
Franciscan spirituality and especially promote the
neglected practice of penance and he wishes you
success" (January 30, 1998).
Members of the Confraternity of Penitents live this
Rule in their own homes, devoted to prayer, penance,
fasting, conversion, and works of mercy modeled on
Jesus Christ and inspired by the lives and teachings
and all the saints, most especially Mary, the Mother
of God, who lived a life of true penance
(conversion) in perfect union with our Lord.
May Our Lady and all the saints intercede for all
who wish to embrace a life of penance, anywhere in
the world, so that the grace of God will assist them
to obtain every virtue necessary for a life of
holiness and surrender to the Will of God! Amen.
PRAYER OF PENITENTS
"Most High, Glorious God, enlighten the darkness
of my mind, give me right faith, a firm hope and
perfect charity, so that I may always and in all
things act according to Your Holy Will. Amen."
(Saint Francis's prayer before the San Damiano
MISSION OF PENITENTS
"Go and repair My House
which, as you can see, is falling into ruin." (The
message given to St. Francis in a voice from the San
ACTION OF PENITENTS
To pray for God's
specific direction in one's life so that, through
humbly living our Rule of Life, each penitent may
help to rebuild the house of God by bringing love of
God and neighbor to his or her own corner of the
All who wish to do penance (be
converted) are welcome.
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