Calling Secular Franciscans "true penitents," Pope Francis cited penance as the path to joy and conversion in his address at the General Chapter of the Secular Franciscan order on Nov. 15.
Hear O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. (Deut: 6:4-5) So begins the “Shema,” commonly known as the most important prayer in the Jewish faith. It identiﬁes that God alone is the only God, and we should love Him with all that we are and do―but so many of our prayers seem to be meditating about God rather than praying to Him. [...]
Anyone who has spent much time visiting different Franciscan fraternities is aware that there are different ways of understanding how to live out our Franciscan life.
Check out the new Prayers, Prayer Services, & Ceremonies on our website. As of Nov. 17, 2021 “PRAY WITH US” is on our Menu.
There are Six Categories of prayers.
You will find links to traditional Franciscan prayers, prayer services and ceremonies, and […]
“Would you be willing to mentor a young man in prison who wants to be a Franciscan?” What a question! What a surprise! I’m always eager to share my life with anyone who is interested, but I never imagined being asked to share our Franciscan life with a prisoner on the other side of the United States. ...
Does this mean there is a new Rule? No. The Rule itself has not changed, meaning that the update did not affect the articles of the Rule. The General Constitutions and the Ritual have also not changed, Then why the "update"? ...
There were so many good titles to choose for this article, but I felt compelled to choose this one. It came from Tom Ha, OFS, our Korean brother from Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Fraternity in Houston, Texas. This message has resonated with me so many times this past year. It is so true that Diversity is a Gift to us from God, and what we do with that Gift is especially important. ...
My ultimate goal is to help others better understand and embrace the different ethnic cultures within our fraternities. The following definitions are taken from that website article (see footnote). [...]