Friday, January 28, 2022

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...

“We Are Not Throwaway”

St. Francis of Assisi had the great sensitivity to devote an entire chapter of the Earlier Rule to sick friars, pointing out that their...

When It Is Necessary, They May Go for Alms

We have seen that St. Francis of Assisi made chapter VIII of the Earlier Rule about the use of money. Chapter IX, on the...

Money: A Double-Edged Tool

In the previous article, we reflected on the way we should serve and work. We looked at concrete ways of carrying out these tasks,...

“Being Minors”: A Daily Exercise

In chapter VII of the Earlier Rule, Francis talks to us about the way we should serve and work, a way founded on our...