Points on Capuchin Meditations and Devotions

Points on Capuchin Meditations and Devotions

Translated by Br. Patrick Colbourne O.F.M. Cap. From "I Frati Cappuccini, Documenti e testimonianze del primo secolo" E.F.I. – Edizioni Indovino, Perugia.
A cura di Costanzo Cargnoni. III/1 pp. 1538-1567.

These “reflections” are topics for meditations throughout the week and are set out according to the method of the “devotio moderna” and they involve the seven benefits that God gave to mankind “creation, authority, mercy, Incarnation, redemption, glorification and divine Love.” In order to assist the memory in meditating throughout the day, these are broken up one after the other into sections for each day of the week.
    The first Capuchin instance of this method can be found in Giovanni da Fano. However, it was the method that was most traditional within the Order, being used continually and having been found valuable for maintaining recollection of mind.
    The other topics are the seven sorrows of Mary on Calvary, the twelve instances when blood was shed, the seven sorrows of St Joseph, the ten degrees of humility and ten thoughts on the Sacred Host. They contributed substantially towards the cultivation of the spirit of piety and devotion that nourished Capuchin spirituality in the hearts and in the practice of the friars. We find that headings like these occur again in the small Capuchin devotional codices in the Sixteenth Century and at the beginning of the Seventh Century, for example, in the codex of the Dialogo which was revised by Giovanni da Fano (Li dolori di Santo Joseph, f. 129v; Sette dolori della Madonna, f. 130; Contemplatione per tutta la settimana, f. 130d; Consideratione dell’Ostia et insieme di se medessimo, f. 135r-v, etc), or in the printed editions of the Rule (cf. for example nn. 1550-1552) or the early vernacular Catechisms of the Order.

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