Article 7

United by their vocation as “brothers and sisters of penance” and motivated by the dynamic power of the gospel, let them conform their thoughts and deeds to those of Christ by means of that radical interior change which the gospel calls “conversion.” Human frailty makes it necessary that this conversion be carried out daily.

On this road to renewal the sacrament of reconciliation is the privileged sign of the Father’s mercy and the source of grace.


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. 13, ¶ 1: Secular Franciscans, called in earlier times “the brothers and sisters of penance,” propose to live in the spirit of continual conversion. Some means to cultivate this characteristic of the Franciscan vocation, individually and in fraternity, are: listening to and celebrating the Word of God; review of life; spiritual retreats; the help of a spiritual adviser, and penitential celebrations. They should approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation frequently and participate in the communal celebration of it, whether in the fraternity, or with the whole people of God.


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