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AN ATTENTIVE, WELCOMING, AND ACCEPTING BROTHER

                      SAINT  FRANCIS:AN ATTENTIVE, WELCOMING, AND ACCEPTING BROTHER

 

Francis was a man who well knew how to discern what was happening inside him and around him; he was man who listened, always attentive to the voices of God and of other people; he was open to an encounter with all those who

surrounded him; he welcomed everyone, especially the poor and needy; he was totally committed to the reality in which he found himself, in circumstances torn apart by violence and exclusion.

We Friars Minor, reflecting both on Francis and on today’s world, can enhance the culture of our time in a spiritual way by means of our lifestyle and the values expressed in our spirituality. We can offer brotherhood, kindness and courtesy to a society fragmented by so much injustice and violence. In this way we will live out our vocation to be tireless heralds of Jesus Christ, evangelizers who call on every baptized person to be a peacemaker and a credible witness to a reconciled life (cf. EG 239). Dialogue in all its aspects (Ecumenical, Inter-Religious and Inter-Cultural) is a powerful God given instrument in our mission. St.Francis exemplifies dialogue that allows relationships to develop into encounters that bring about peace, with the hope of building a society that is just, fraternal and inclusive. Part of the inspiration and attraction father St. Francis is his ability to communicate the Word of God not just in theological terms, but also in a manner that connects with human and social realities. For him the Gospel must continuously be lived out in a pattern of interconnected relationships; with God, with humanity and with all created things. Thus the Word will be made flesh and will send us the Holy Spirit, who can transform and enlighten different aspects of our lives, such as  the religious, social, political, cultural, scientific, and economic spheres. So today how can we take the treasures of the Gospel, as well as the experience of God in our fraternities, and translate these into activities and projects that can be of help to our brothers and sisters? From the point of view of the good of the Church and of service to humanity, what can we do at a personal level, and at the level of our fraternities and entities, in order to further dialogue, the inclusion of the poor, and care for creation?

The celebration of the feast of  St.Francis cannot be reduced to just singing his praises, but must also mean allowing  ourselves to be engaged by the calls of the Gospel and of today’s world; only this will lead to a renewal of our Franciscan vocation. By living a life in fraternity, we too wish to be men of hope, just as Francis was. Hope is another facet of love, because those who sincerely love someone are always ready to accept the unexpected.

We want to be men who have the capacity to look out for the great goodness that God puts into the heart of every person.This is a quality that can possibly change the course of history, accomplishing

God’s plans for humanity and for  the world. We want to be people who hope, and consequently can envision and realize the unhoped-for. We want to be men of prayer, continually drawing light from God, the source of all hope. This light shines in every individual, bringing peace to hearts which have been opened up to gracious mutual sharing. In Franciscanism, hope implies a distinctive attitude to life. This involves courage, a spirit of creativity, a willingness to risk, optimism of spirit, and a genuine social commitment. The ability to be audacious, enlivened and sustained by Christian hope, is a great witness to God’s active presence in the Church and in the world.

By his example and intercession, may Francis, our seraphic father and brother, help us to work with all those who believe in creativity and solidarity, building with them a more humane, fraternal, kindly and joyful society. May the Lord grant that  we be meek, peaceful, modest, gentle and humble, honest among ourselves  and towards all, so that Christ’s beauty and merciful love may shine forth in our world.

Happy Feast Day!

Rome, 29 September 2016

Feast of the Archangels

Your brothers on the General Definitory:

Br. Michael Anthony Perry, ofm (Min. Gen.)