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  • Franciscan Spirituality: An Invitation to Peacemaking From the Life of St. Francis
    and offered the saint his paw as a sign of the pact I promise that the town will feed you every day I know that what you did you did out of hunger The town promised to do what the saint had bargained and the town adopted the wolf and fed him until the day he died REFLECTION Whether the wolf was real or whether he symbolized il lupo the murderer and thief the story points out the need for the ministry of reconciliation whether by prayer or activity Indeed Francis whole life was marked by peacemaking despite his youthful experiences of war He was a peacemaker amongst the factions of Assisi between sultans kings and bishops as well as wild animals The prayer of reconciliation most people associate with St Francis is make me an instrument of your peace Though this prayer can only be found in twentieth century sources and is therefore not an authentic prayer written by St Francis However it does express most poetically the spirit of Francis life and vision It is without a doubt A Franciscan Peace Prayer So the next time you pray this popular prayer keep in mind Francis invitation to be a reconciler in a world often torn by anger violence and despair CALL TO ACTION Focus on people s good points Tell all with whom you come into contact the good things you see in them Develop a positive approach toward life Compliment more than you criticize Build a climate of trust and support in all your relationships Cooperate with others instead of competing with them Use gentle loving respectful language dealing with others They won t hear your words if you re too busy dodging your sharp tongue Take a genuine interest in the work and activities of others

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  • Franciscan Information | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    Enrollments Perpetual Annual Health and Healing Special Occasions View All Enrollments Prayers Navigation Masses and Enrollments Donate Now Blogs Forums Contact Franciscan Information Quotes Our Ministries The Secular Franciscan Order SFO User login Username Password Create new account Request new password Join our email list First Name Email Address Home Franciscan Information Devotional Prayers to Saint Anthony Franciscan Prayers Franciscan Spirituality An Invitation to Peacemaking From the Life of St

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  • Quotes | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    creatures made you worthy when on earth to possess miraculous powers Franciscan Prayer Book The Franciscan Friars TOR Read more click link A Prayer Honoring Saint Anthony Almighty God You have given Saint Anthony to Your people as an outstanding preacher and a ready helper in time of need With his assistance may we follow the Gospel of Christ and know the help of Your grace in every difficulty Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ Your Son who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit one God for ever and ever Amen Franciscan Prayer Book The Franciscan Friars TOR click link Act Of Consecration To Saint Anthony O glorious Saint Anthony servant and friend of God I salute you through the most loving Heart of our Divine Savior Jesus Christ who you held in your pure arms under the form of a child I choose you today as my patron advocate and father I place all my cares and temptations in your hands I earnestly resolve never to forsake you Great Saint lily of celestial purity obtain for me and all your other friends perfect purity of body and soul Franciscan Prayer Book The Franciscan Friars TOR Read more click link The Blessing of Saint Francis Whoever shall observe these things may he be filled in heaven with the blessing of the most high Father and may he be filled on earth with the blessings of His beloved Son together with the Holy Spirit the Consoler and all the powers of heaven and all the saints And I brother Francis your worthless servant as far as I am able approve this most holy blessing Amen Saint Francis of Assisi Franciscan Prayer Book The Franciscan Friars TOR click link Prayer Before The Crucifix Most high glorious God enlighten

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  • Lay Vocation: Priest, Prophet and King
    priest stands before God in order to ask for pardon peace and grace This is the true and proper role of the laity as they participate in the saving mystery of Christ Through the daily activities of their Christian lives the laity give praise to God and ask for the Divine to be ever more present in the world In worshiping everywhere by their holy actions the laity consecrate the world itself to God everywhere offering worship by the holiness of their lives 6 The lay person is to both intercede for the world and to recognize that they are part of God s answer to this plea People everywhere seem to be asking where God is in the midst of the problems of the world As they cooperate with the Divine will the laity form at least one aspect of this response God is in and works through the laity The role of priestly mediation is heightened with the understanding of the role of a prophet who is challenged to clearly and boldly speak the word of the Lord even when it is inconvenient or difficult The prophet is one who lives two realities at the same time On one hand he or she is to be deeply immersed in the Will of God and know it intimately Only then can the prophet be a willing instrument in transmitting the Divine will to people in a way in which it can be understood and followed On the other hand a prophet is also to be deeply immersed in the currents of human society to know and understand the struggles and travails of the people to whom she or he is called to minister The prophet s challenge is to live vibrantly in this dual reality as a way to

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  • Lay Vocation: Specific Mission is the Consecration of the Secular Order
    the Word of God and be willing to share Him with others What a wonderful description of the action of transformation One would have to be in total denial of the condition of the world to think that everything is going well and according to God s expressed desire that all may have life an have it in abundance The past one hundred years have been the most brutal and dehumanizing in the history of the world Terms like ethnic cleansing abortion on demand euthanasia human cloning and pedophilia have become common place in our language and experience Every country on the face of the earth lives with the specter of terrorism prejudice racism corruption larceny and a host of conditions which threaten to rob humanity of its divine dignity In the face of these seemingly insurmountable problems the Christian is challenged to bring the enlivening Word of God in word and action into situations which lack God s transforming presence To use St Francis phrase the Franciscan is to give birth to Christ That is each Franciscan is to bring Christ into every experience and corner of life Professed religious are to do this in and through their ministries as individuals and as communities Secular Franciscans have the harder challenge of giving birth to Christ in their families their relationships with one another and in their fraternities on the various levels of the Order They are also to bring Christ to the markets schools factories farms political and military arenas playgrounds theaters museums every place where women and men are in need of the presence of God To say that the proper place of mission for the Secular Franciscan is in the secular sphere provides a context and a tremendous challenge for those who have embraced this vocation The laity live and work in the secular milieu that is in the midst of the ordinary events and currents of daily life The embrace of a vocation to the Secular Franciscan Order is a declaration both privately and publicly that one intends to embrace the deepest expression of the baptismal commitment in the midst of society Chapter four of the Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order states that 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 of Assisi Secular Franciscans should devote themselves especially to careful reading of the gospel going from gospel to life and life to gospel This chapter of the Rule sums up the whole text of the document and could very well stand alone as the clearest expression of what the life of the secular Franciscan is all about This can be highlighted by paying attention to the verbs used just in these two short sentences Members of this order are asked to observe the gospel to follow the example of St Francis to devote themselves to a careful reading of the gospel and to go from gospel

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  • How to Become a Secular Franciscan
    material is thoroughly discussed The first stage Orientation provides time for dialogue and developing relationships in fraternity During Orientation you will be introduced to the lives of St Francis and St Clare and share in Franciscan prayer life You will be given general information about the Secular Franciscan Order Orientation is a time to discern if the Spirit is calling you to a Secular Franciscan vocation The period of Orientation is a minimum of three months The second stage Inquiry is the first formal period of initiation It is a time of in depth study of the lives of St Francis and St Clare During Inquiry you will learn about the Franciscan charism and Franciscan history You will deepen your understanding of what it means to be secular and Franciscan and you will continue to discern if the Spirit is calling you to the Secular Franciscan way of life The period of Inquiry is a minimum of six months If a vocation is discerned the Inquirer is received into the Order The third stage Candidacy is the final formal period of initiation It is a time of preparing for permanent commitment by immersion into fraternity life Central to this stage

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  • Locating a fraternity near you.
    becoming a Secular Franciscan in the U S A and information about a fraternity in your area then please call the following phone number 1 800 FRANCIS 1 800 372 6247 This phone number will give you the information you

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  • The Secular Franciscan Order - An Appropriate Lay Vocation | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    to every Christian to live and witness to the salvific presence of Christ with love energy and conviction It is clear that women and men on fire with the love of God are the most efficacious instruments of the transforming ministry of the Church The paradox is that as one gives him or herself to God through active participation with the mission of the Church of spreading the Kingdom of God one finds life and meaning Some live this baptismal call through a dedication to God in religious vows and an embrace of a life guided by prayer and works of mercy The consecrated life is a separation from the secular order which allows religious to be inserted ever more deeply into the framework of human life as ministers of the faith Religious vocation allows religious to be public representatives of the Church as they witness to the saving power of Christ in the vowed life Even those religious dedicated to the enclosure and contemplation are involved in the currents of the world in a deep and tangible way through their life and prayer On the other hand the lay person whether married or single is not only in the world and for the world but also of the world That is he or she is inserted into the very fabric of human existence and society on every level In a sense this can be called the secular dimension of the lay state The role and challenge of the lay person is to live fully in this situation Quoting section 31 of the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium the Catechism of the Catholic Church puts it this way By reason of their special vocation it belongs to the laity to seek the kingdom of God by engaging in

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