Article 16

Let them esteem work both as a gift and as a sharing in the creation, redemption, and service of the human community.


From the General Constitution of the Secular Franciscan Order:

Art. 21, ¶ 1: For Francis, work is a gift and to work is a grace. Daily work is not only the means of livelihood, but the opportunity to serve God and neighbor as well as a way to develop one’s own personality. In the conviction that work is a right and a duty and that every form of occupation deserves respect, the brothers and sisters should commit themselves to collaborate so that all persons may have the possibility to work and so that working conditions may always be more humane.

Art. 21, ¶ 2: Leisure and recreation have their own value and are necessary for personal development. Secular Franciscans should maintain a balance between work and rest and should strive to create meaningful forms of using leisure time.


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