Trusting in the Father, Christ chose for himself and his mother a poor and humble life, even though he valued created things attentively and lovingly. Let the Secular Franciscans seek a proper spirit of detachment from temporal goods by simplifying their material needs. Let them be mindful that according to the gospel they are stewards of the goods received fore the benefit of God’s children. (OFS Rule, #11)
Phyllis Sadowski shared this video that offers us an opportunity to remind us that we are called to live simply; even in simplicity, God gives us the means to find beauty in the world, and make treasures out of trash.
The minister of the St. Bernardine of Siena Fraternity, Jerry Stecker, OFS, offers a reflection of the Prologue to the OFS Rule. This talk was given at our general gathering in April, and can be downloaded from the Formation page of this site.
After I professed as a Secular Franciscan I thought I knew enough to continue on in my vocation. Yet as time went on I realized I had just scratched the surface in understanding my calling. What does it mean to be a secular in today’s world? How do I live my vocation each day? Continue reading “The Prologue”
Moreover, they should respect all creatures, animate and inanimate, which “bear the imprint of the Most High,” and they should strive to move from the temptation of exploiting creatures to the Franciscan concept of universal kinship. (OFS Rule #18)
Phyllis Sadowski reminds us that this rule calls us to be aware how our actions impact our non-human brothers and sisters:
As Franciscans, we should give a voice to the voiceless. If humans treat animals as objects to be discarded when not convenient, then it is just a small step away from treating human life the same way. Let’s remember to be good stewards to our animal friends.
One we can be good stewards by helping organizations such as Fur Keeps Animal Rescue, who shares a story about a kitty named Natia. . . Continue reading “Our Friend Natia”
Mindful that they are bearers of peace which must be built up unceasingly, they should seek out ways of unity and fraternal harmony through dialogue, trusting in the presence of the divine seed in everyone and in the transforming power of love and pardon. (OFS Rule #19)
Daniel Horan, OFM wrote on his blog that “Nonviolence as an attitude, disposition, and strategy is not optional for Christians. . . . Pope Francis is confirming in his World Day of Peace message this basic truth of our Christian faith.”
As we think about our calling to be “bearers of peace,” let us consider ways we can, in the words of Pope Francis, “cultivate nonviolence in our most personal thoughts and values.”