Our Charism

How do we love when we love God?

The answer to this question is what we often mean by the word charism. Our charism defines our spirituality. As Secular Franciscans, our charism rests on the following four pillars:

  • Penance. To be faithful to the Gospel, we do penance always. Conversion is a life-long process, and we experience it daily.
  • Poverty. We recognize that we are powerless to save ourselves. We recognize our total dependence on God’s goodness. This leads us to a life of freedom and detachment.
  • Prayer. Prayer and contemplation is the source of who we are and what we do. It is a way of life for us. Franciscan prayer seeks to give God ceaseless praise and thanksgiving.
  • Minority. We conform ourselves to Christ, who is the servant of God in the world. We identify with the poor and powerless, with those who do not have a voice.
Adapted from Margaret Carney, OSF and Thaddeus Horgan, SA The Rule and Life of the Brothers and Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis and Commentary (Washington, DC, Franciscan Federation, 1997), pp. 53, 53