Article 4

The rule and life of the Secular Franciscans is this: to observe the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ by following the example of St. Francis of Assisi who made Christ the inspiration and the center of his life with God and people.

Christ, the gift of the Father’s love, is the way to him, the truth into which the Holy Spirit leads us, and the life which he has come to give abundantly.

Secular Franciscans should devote themselves especially to careful reading of the gospel, going from gospel to life and life to gospel.

From the General Constitution of the Secular Franciscan Order:

Art. 8, ¶ 2: They seek to deepen, in the light of faith, the values and choices of the evangelical life according to the Rule of the OFS:

  • in a continually renewed journey of conversion and of formation;
  • open to the challenges that come from society and from the Church’s life situation, “going from Gospel to life and from life to Gospel;”
  • in the personal and communal dimensions of this journey.

Art. 9, ¶ 2: The Secular Franciscan, committed to following the example and the teachings of Christ, must personally and assiduously study the Gospel and Sacred Scripture. The fraternity and its leaders should foster love for the word of the Gospel and help the brothers and sisters to know and understand it as it is proclaimed by the Church with the assistance of the Spirit.

Art. 44, ¶ 3: Ongoing formation – accomplished by means of courses, gatherings, and the sharing of experience – aims to assist the brothers and sisters:

  • in listening to and meditating on the Word of God, “going from Gospel to life and from life to Gospel;”
  • in reflecting on events in the Church and in society in the light of faith, and with the help of the documents of the teaching Church, consequently taking consistent positions;
  • in discerning and deepening the Franciscan vocation by studying the writings of Saint Francis, Saint Clare and Franciscan authors.

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