THIS IS LENT
March 2017 Legionnaire Article
by Fr. Bob Humacher, OFM
One of our Franciscan treasures are the four letters that St. Clare of Assisi (1193-1253) wrote to St. Agnes of Prague (1211-1285). These missives overflow with dazzling medieval imagery, spiritual wisdom, and a magnificent record of the earliest days of the Franciscan movement among women. Agnes, daughter of Bohemian King Ottokar and Hungarian Queen Constance was a royal pawn. At 8 she was engaged to Henry, King of Germany (he was 10). Well educated by both Cistercian and Norbertine nuns, Agnes was sent to the German court of Duke Leopold who wanted Henry to marry his daughter, Margaret. Agnes’ father Ottokar declared war against Leopold when that original betrothal was cancelled. Ottokar then wanted Agnes to marry Henry III of England, but that was vetoed by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II who wanted to marry Agnes himself. [A Hollywood screenwriter could not have scripted such royal twists and turns!]
Wisely, Agnes refused to be any part of a politically arranged marriage and decided to devote herself to a life of prayer and holiness. Since Agnes was a princess and had connections to the royal coffers because her brother, Wenceslaus I, ascended to the throne of Bohemia. She was able to found two Franciscan friaries and the Hospital of St. Francis in 1233. Five Poor Clares from Assisi came to Prague to help establish a community there. Agnes herself joined the Clares in 1236. Following in the footsteps of Francis himself, she cared for lepers and the destitute of Prague. Most important in our history is the fact that this community was the first Poor Clare monastery established north of the Alps. I was in Prague a few years ago and Agnes of Bohemia is memorialized on the face of the 50 Crown note of Czech currency.
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The Nature Suite by Fr. Bob
The Nature Suite’s sixteen movements are uplifting, joyful, tender and rooted in the realities of natural beauty all around us. My years as a Franciscan have given me a deep sensitivity to human nature and to the splendors of life in its fullness. I am grateful that I am a musician and have such a splendid manner to express the richness of life as I perceive it.
This collection has been a joy to produce with my friends, Orchestra da Camera di Perugia. Each movement captures one place or element or creature in a particular style. My background as a child of the Midwest U.S is apparent in the sounds captured in The Nature Suite. I believe this collection came from personal creativity and divine inspiration. Without words the listener can experience what I have in the marvels of creation
The Franciscan Legionnaire Articles by Fr. Bob
What Shall We Do? (January 2017)
Dreams of Peace (December 2016)
Dreams (November 2016)
Embrace the Differences (September 2016)
It's Time to Talk Honestly (August 2016)
Church, State, and Election Year (July 2016)
New, New, New (January 2016)
A Composer's Conversion (February 2016)
Acknowledge God Above All Else (March 2016)