Monday, November 28, 2022

Persevering to the End

Dear brother readers, thank you for reading our series of humble reflections in honor of the 800th anniversary of the writing of the Earlier...

Loyalty and the Franciscan Spirit

As we mentioned in previous articles, we know that following Jesus Christ means going outside of ourselves and setting out on a journey. However,...

Preaching by Example

Chapter XVII of the Earlier Rule talks about preachers. It can be summarized in the following sentence: “Let all the brothers, beware of all...

In the Bosom of the Church

St. Francis wrote in Chapter XIX of the Earlier Rule: Let all the brothers be, live, and speak as Catholics (Earlier Rule XIX, 1; FF...

Two Ways of Evangelizing

In a world that seems to be moving away from Gospel values, a 13th century man named Francis presents us with two ways that...

War Horse

In Chapter XV of the Earlier Rule, St. Francis forbids riding horseback. Why? How could this passage be relevant for us, men and women...

Messengers of Peace

When St. Francis of Assisi wrote about “How the Brothers Should Go through the World” in chapter fourteen of the Earlier Rule, it was not...

A Leap of Faith

In previous reflections, we talked about money, work, alms, and of course, poverty. In chapter XIV of the Earlier Rule, when Francis writes about...

No One Is Disposable

As we mentioned in the previous reflections, following Jesus, within Franciscan spirituality, implies embracing a lifestyle based on minority and fraternity. This leads us...

An Evil that Poisons Fraternity

On several occasions, Pope Francis has spoken about an evil of the tongue, namely, gossip. He defined it as an act of “terrorism.” “I...