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Secular Franciscan Questions & Answers

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, In : Secular Franciscan Order 

Secular Franciscan Q and A


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This page was created by the St. Clare Fraternity for those seeking to follow Christ more closely by Living Gospel to Life and Life to Gospel. The Secular Franciscan Order was founded in the early thirteenth century but many Catholics are unaware this order even exists. If fact most Secular Franciscans in my fraternity agree the SFO (Secular Franciscan Order) is one of the best kept secrets in the world. I origin...
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The Canticle of Brother Sun and Sister Moon

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, In : Secular Franciscan Order 

"Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society"

--Saint Francis

Text Box:  One of the most famous and enduring, if not endearing saints of the West was born the son of a wealthy silk merchant in the southern Italian town of Assisi.  Peter and Pica Bernadone became parents while Peter was away in France on business.  The newborn was baptized and christened with the name of John (Giovanni), but upon his father’s return from a successful business trip to France, he was renamed Francesco, or as w...


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Our Consecration to Mary

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, In : Secular Franciscan Order 









One of the beautiful paintings that adorn the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi, is a scene (see right) showing Mary and the Christ-child at the foot of the Cross with Saint John and Saint Francis. The Child inquires of His Mother whom she prefers between the two. Mary points to Francis. This is a Fresco "Madonna with St Francis and St John the Evangelist" by Pietro Lorenzetti (c. 1320) which ...


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A Life of Prayer

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, In : Secular Franciscan Order 

As above, when Secular Franciscans were still using the Rule of Saint Francis of Pope Leo XIII, Father Marion Habig, OFM, in 1972 published his "New Catechism of the Third Order" published by Franciscan Herald Press. This catechism has some very practical advice under the chapter title: A Life of Prayer. We would like to present here some portions of that chapter for educational purposes.

"Prayer means speaking lovingly with God, either by word or mouth or in the silent language of t...


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The Golden Mean

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, In : Secular Franciscan Order 

When Secular Franciscans were still using the Rule of Saint Francis of Pope Leo XIII, Father Marion Habig, OFM, in 1972 published his "New Catechism of the Third Order" published by Franciscan Herald Press. As you remember, the current Rule was issued, somewhat revised, by Pope Paul VI, several years later. The catechism in question has some very practical advice under the chapter title: The Golden Mean. We would like to present here some portions of that chapter for educational purp...


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THE SFO: AN APPROPRIATE LAY VOCATION

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, In : Secular Franciscan Order 

Identity and Affiliation

By Fr. Michael Higgins, TOR

From: Koinonia, 2002, N. 3

(Koinonia is a publication of the Conference of General Spiritual Assistants of the S.F.O., and is published in Rome)


Introduction

The Church provides a means to visibly and vigorously participate in Christ's mission to invite every man and women into a deep and personal relationship with God. In a real and practical sense it is to be the leaven of faith for people, the salt of the earth, the light a...


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The Franciscan Tau Symbol

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, In : Secular Franciscan Order 

The Franciscan symbol of the "crossed arms" depicts the arms of Jesus and Francis crossed over the Tau, both bearing the imprint of the Crucifixion nails. Francis' arm is enclosed in the sleeve of his habit. It is a celebration of that remarkable gift of grace which St. Francis received on Mt. Alverna, September 17th - the Stigmata ... the bearing in his own body of the marks of his crucified Lord.

Just before he died on October 3rd, Francis stretched out his arms over his brothers in ...


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Have you Considered the Secular Franciscans?

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, In : Secular Franciscan Order 
  • Franciscans strive to live the gospel, in the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi.
  • Franciscans come from all walks of life...Laborers, Professionals, Housewives, Executives, Workers, Ordinary Citizens, Managers, Career people, Retirees, etc.
  • Franciscans come together monthly to replenish themselves spiritually and study God's way through Saint Francis
  • Franciscans improve their pray...

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A Brief History of St. Francis

Posted by Site Webmaster on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, In : Secular Franciscan Order 
The Birth of St Francis

In the year of 1181 or 1182, a boy was born to Pietro and Pica Bernadone. First born son of a wealthy middle class family in the town of Assisi, he was to become the inheritor of the prosperous family business.

Pietro used travel to the south of France regularly on business often taking his young son with him and it was here that the young lad fell in love with French language and culture. It did not take long for the locals back home to call him Francesco as he was well...
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SFO: Prayer is Indispensable - Fighting Boredom with Prayer

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, In : Secular Franciscan Order 

There are many people in this world who lead a boring life. That is to say, they have nothing going for themselves. They have few if any interests outside of going to work and coming home and slouching in front of the television all night. They love to eat, and to gratify their senses in one form or another. Some will say that's plenty, but usually that formula isn't strong in including Our Lord.

People who love God and those who want to love Him. Or to...


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SFO: Prayer is Indispensable - Beauty of Mental Prayer

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, In : Secular Franciscan Order 

We all know that vocal prayer is communication with God, either privately or in community (at Holy Mass, praying the Rosary, or parts thereof; praying the "Liturgy of the Hours," out loud.) "Vocal prayer differs from mental prayer precisely in this that mental prayer is not possible without attention to the thoughts that are conceived and expressed whether internally or externally. Neither is it possible to pray without attending to thought and words when we at...


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SFO: Prayer is Indispensable - Prayer of Hope

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, In : Secular Franciscan Order 

Hope is in a religious context, carries a connotation of being aware of what Christians see as spiritual "truth." In Christian theology, hope is one of the three theological virtues (faith, hope, and charity), which are spiritual gifts of God. In contrast to the above, it is not a physical emotion but a spiritual grace. Hope is distinct from positive thinking, which refers to a therapeutic or systematic process used in psychology for reversing pessimism. The term false hop...


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SFO: Prayer is Indispensable - Prayer of Reparation

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, In : Secular Franciscan Order 

A prayer of Reparation is a prayer or devotion with the intent to repair the "sins of others" as well as our own sins, e.g. for the repair of the sin of blasphemy, the sufferings of Jesus Christ or as Acts of Reparation to the Virgin Mary. These prayers do not usually involve a petition for a living or deceased beneficiary, but aim to repair sins. Before asking any favor, be it for yourself or for someone else, it is proper to ask for forgiveness of sins.

A person havi...


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SFO: Prayer is indispensable - Time and Space for Prayer

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, In : Secular Franciscan Order 

We can pray anywhere we want, but generally, if we want to sit down with the Liturgy of the Hours or the Rosary, the television and all other distraction needs to be shut off. Some will pray the Rosary from a recorded tape of the Rosary, and while this helps the elderly or homebound sick people, the Rosary is best prayed by saying the whole prayer, or at least the bottom half. Ideally, another person in your home can participate, and then it becomes a family pr...


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SFO: Prayer is Indispensable - Pressures of Life

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, In : Secular Franciscan Order 

Prayer is indeed indispensable. It is simple communication with God; none of us can be without God. We speak to Him, and He speaks to us. But sometimes the pressures of life can be so daunting that we get distracted from prayer. That is really OK. We need to work through these conditions in life, and Our Lord, with His supreme love guides us through these phases.

The best prayer is always that of the Holy Mass. If you are Catholic, the Mass is it. The pi...


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SFO Info Video

Posted by Site Webmaster on Friday, March 11, 2011, In : Secular Franciscan Order 

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Is God Calling You to the Secular Franciscan Order?

Posted by Webmaster on Friday, March 11, 2011, In : Secular Franciscan Order 

The process of becoming a professed Secular Franciscan is a journey that involves three separate stages and culminates in a lifelong commitment to live the gospel following the example of St. Francis of Assisi. This formation process unfolds in regularly scheduled formation sessions during which the home study material is thoroughly discussed.

The first stage, Orientation, provides time for dialogue and developing relationships in fraternity. During Orientation you will be intr...


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Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order

Posted by Webmaster on Friday, March 11, 2011, In : Secular Franciscan Order 

Prologue

Exhortation of Saint Francis to the Brothers and Sisters in Penance

In the name of the Lord!

Chapter 1

Concerning Those Wh...


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