Company always sounded a joyful note in the Sicilian home of my childhood. It meant we were going to hear exotic stories, loud, boisterous laughter, and impassioned, arguments. This revelry was only calmed when abundant servings of “coffee and…” made their way to the kitchen table. For Italians, the kitchen table continues to be the hearth of hospitality.

When company visited we understood that they were to be welcomed, greeted with a kiss or hug and a bright smile. It never entered our minds to remain in our rooms or dare to show a hint of disinterest. Often they were blood relatives, but if they were not, they were the next best thing. We called the adults, “uncle” or “aunt.” We called those close to us in age, cousins. We thought of them as family, people who anchored our days with love, trust and those treasured memories that bind people together. They were included in our family circle, and we were in theirs…forever…no matter what challenges or good times awaited us.

So such are the saints! They are the friends and prophets of God with whom we share baptism. Instead of blood being that inseparable bond that links families together, saints remind us that the waters of baptism create a communion among us that is eternal. Saints, like company, are the people we welcome into our lives and with whom we share our spiritual tables. Literally, as the word “company” expresses, they are the ones with whom we break bread and share a meal. They share in our laughter and they dry our tears when loss overwhelms us.

The following Lenten reflections and prayers are an opportunity to make new friends and welcome new companions into our lives. They are brief reflections about some of the Franciscan women and men who have taken to heart the example of Francis of Assisi. His company inspired them to flame the fires of faith. His friendship with Christ gave them the courage to live for God alone. And his love for all God’s creation led them to believe that God is the one on whom our hearts ever depend.

Company is coming. With anxious anticipation, let us welcome them

N.B. Most of the saints listed here are remembered on their feast day. There are several exceptions. These reflections are influenced by a variety of spiritual writers.

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2Agnes of Prague

Servants of God

Sylvester of Assisi

St. John Joseph Calosinto

St. Colette 

Blessed Christopher
Tobin and  Dowdall
St. Catherine

St. Thomas More

John Baptist Righi
Angela Salawa
Angellus of Pisa
St. Marianne Cope
Saint Junipero Serra
16Blessed Torello of Poppi, Secular

17Blessed Mark of Montegallo

18St. Salvator Grinonesos of Horta

19Servant of God Thea Bowman

20Blessed Hippolyte Galantini, Secular

21Blessed John Buralli of Parma

 22St. Benvenute Scotivoli of Osimo 23Blessed Jeremy Lambertenghi

24Servant of God Adolph of Schaumburg

25Venerable Jane Mary of the Cross

26Blessed Didacus Joseph of Cadiz

27Archangela Tadera

28St. John of Capistrano

29Blessed Jane Mary of Maille

30St. Louis of Casoria

 31Blessed Amadeus of Savoy

April 1Servant of God Caesar of Speyer

2Blessed Elisabeth Vendramini

3Saint Benedict of San Fratello

 4Blessed William Cufitella

 5Saint Maria Crescentia Hoss

6Blessed Crescentia Hoess

Blessed Mary Assunta Pallotta

 8Julian St. Augustine

 9Blessed Thomas of Tolentino and Companions

10Blessed James Oldo

11Blessed Angelo Chivasso

 12Servant of God Theodoric Loet

 13Venerable Innocent of Berzo

 14Blessed Pica Bernadone



Fr. Greg Gebbia, O.F.M., Director of Enrollment Management Strategic Partnerships

Fr. Greg Gebbia, O.F.M has been writing lenten reflections on Franciscan Saints associated with each day on our Franciscan Calendar.

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