Article 19

Mindful that they are bearers of peace which must be built up unceasingly, they should seek out ways of unity and fraternal harmony through dialogue, trusting in the presence of the divine seed in everyone and in the transforming power of love and pardon. Messengers of perfect joy in every circumstance, they should strive to bring joy and hope to others. Since they are immersed in the resurrection of Christ, which gives true meaning to Sister Death, let them serenely tend toward the ultimate encounter with the Father.

From the General Constitution of the Secular Franciscan Order:

Art. 23, ¶ 1: Peace is the work of justice and the fruit of reconciliation and of fraternal love. Secular Franciscans are called to be bearers of peace in their families and in society:

  • they should see to the proposal and spreading of peaceful ideas and attitudes;
  • they should develop their own initiatives and should collaborate, individually and as a fraternity, with initiatives of the Pope, the local Churches, and the Franciscan Family;
  • they should collaborate with those movements and institutions which promote peace while respecting its authentic foundations.

Art. 23, ¶ 2:While acknowledging both the personal and national right to legitimate defense, they should respect the choice of those who, because of conscientious objection, refuse to bear arms.

Art. 23, ¶ 3: To preserve peace in the family, the brothers and sisters should, in due time, make a last will and testament for the disposition of their goods.

Art. 24, ¶ 2.4: they should create conditions suitable for dialogue between generations;

Art. 26, ¶ 1.5: Following the Gospel, Secular Franciscans, therefore, affirm their hope and their joy in living. They make a contribution to counter widespread distress and pessimism, preparing a better future.

Art. 27, ¶ 1: The brothers and sisters, progressing in age, should learn to accept illness and increasing difficulties and to give a deeper sense to their life. This should be undertaken with increasing detachment as they set out for the Promised Land. They should be firmly convinced that the community of those who believe in Christ and who love one another in Him will go forward into eternal life as the “communion of saints.”

Art. 27, ¶ 2: Secular Franciscans should commit themselves to create in their environment and, above all, in their fraternities, a climate of faith and hope so that “Sister Death” may be regarded as a passage to the Father, and all may prepare themselves with serenity.

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