Participating in the Franciscan life of the OFS brings rich and abundant blessings. We support each other through the ups and downs of daily life. We pray together. We take opportunities to learn about our Church, our community and our world.
“Secular Franciscans, you live by vocation your belonging to the Church and to society as inseparable realities. For this reason, you are asked first of all to bear a personal witness in the place where you live: “before all: in family life; in work; in joys and sufferings; in associations with all men and women, brothers and sisters of the same Father; in presence and participation in the life of society; in fraternal relationship with all creatures”. Perhaps, you will not be required to pour out your blood as a martyr, but you will certainly be asked to give a coherent and steadfast witness in fulfilling the promises made at your Baptism and Confirmation, which you renewed and confirmed with your profession in the Franciscan Secular Order. By virtue of this profession, the Rule and the General Constitutions must represent for each of you the point of reference for daily living, based on your explicit vocation and special identity.”
Address of Pope Saint John Paul II to the Secular Franciscan Order Friday, 22 November 2002
Instruments of Peace
Lord make Me an instrument of Your peace, Where there is hatred let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness joy. O Divine master grant that I may Not so much seek to be consoled as to console To be understood, as to understand. To be loved. as to love For it’s in giving that we receive And it’s in pardoning that we are pardoned And it’s in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
- The rule and life of the Secular Franciscans is this: to observe the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ by following the example of Saint Francis who made Christ the inspiration and the centre of his life with God and people.
- Gaining Inspiration from the example and the writings of Francis and above all, filled with grace of the Holy Spirit, each day the brothers and sisters faithfully live the great gift which Christ has given: the revelation of the Father. They should bear witness to this faith before all. in their family life, in their work, in their joys and sufferings, in their associations with all men and women, brothers and sisters of the same Father, in their presence and participation in the life of the society, in their fraternal relationships with all creatures.ti
- Local fraternity gatherings and meetings promote charity among the members and foster their Franciscan and ecclesial life.
- There are different kinds of gatherings within the fraternity: sometimes for prayer, other times for planning work or accomplishing projects, and still other occasions for fraternising and socialising: a time for getting to know one another as brothers and sisters, a time for hearing the Word of God and sharing it, a time for study and work, especially ongoing formation and the apostolate, a time for the liturgical celebration of the Eucharist and the liturgy of the Hours.