The meaning of penance is also revealed in the New Testament. As we have seen, a key public expression of the Franciscan vocation, as St. Francis originally envisioned it, relates to clothing, which can be related in principle to other consumption habits, too. We strive to observe the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ by following the example of Saint Francis of Assisi, and to make present the charism of Saint Francis in the life and mission of the Church. These various fraternities are coordinated and united according to â¦ What did penance mean for St. Francis? 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. Our Most Holy Lord Pope Leo XIII by Divine Providence, Misericors Dei Filius Constitution on the Law of the Franciscan Third Order Secular I am not familiar with the TOR Rule, but I would like to learn about it. Lent is a time of daily fasting, too. Since 1900. 7; St. Francis' Rule â¦ Article 7 of the Rule of 1978 calls tertiaries to conversion. The text, which is filtered through Google Translate, may sometimes result in incorrect translations. The current Rule begins with a prologue written by St. Francis called “Exhortation of Saint Francis to the Brothers and Sisters in Penance.” Thus, from the very start of the Rule, the concept of penance is front and center. I find this most helpful to my studies as I am in the discernment stage. The delivery of our new Rule was a ‘decisive and powerful moment,’ and this ‘moment’ of grace has been prolonged into a ‘season.’. Finally, it is useful to get a clear understanding of mortification, a word that has negative connotations for many today. Penance!”. Conversion is expressed “in many and various ways,” especially fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. It is to Pope Paul VI that we owe this splendid gift, which he bestowed shortly before he left this earth. The Secular Franciscan Order is divided into fraternities of various levels â local, regional, national, and international. Other requirements include tithing, drawing up a legal will, a prohibition on use of lethal weapons, the avoidance of formal oaths, and a rule against attending shows or dances. It is divided into fraternities at various levels: local, regional, national, and international. The Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order (on the new site) General Constitutions (on the new site) NAFRA Statutes (on the new site) NAFRA Guidelines; TAU-USA National Newsletter; Forms and resources (on the new site) Meeting Materials; Secular Franciscan Media - Videos, news, and blogs; Other Franciscan websites (on the new site) NAFRA Database Certainly, from the beginning we have always “begun again” and started “something new” – but there is a particularity about this moment. It presents the rule of the Secular Franciscan Order on one side of the page with a second column of commentary on the opposite side of the page. That is an important truth of the spirituality of Lent, and a reason for the traditional Friday discipline of abstinence. Here is a very festive video that makes me so happy! Lino and a Capuchin priest named Fr. by Justin Carisio, OFS When we speak of the Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order, we tend to mean the 26 articles of the Rule of 1978 that describe the nature of the order, the way of life a Secular Franciscan commits to, and life in fraternity. From All Saints Day to Easter, there is fasting on Wednesdays and Fridays. The national OFS fraternity has asked us: to identify and eradicate the structures that perpetuate racism…; to pray for an end to racism…; to identify and confront our own unconscious racial biases. I believe that in both the original and current Rules, St. Francis’ urging to “do” penance means taking action—actions that grow out of an inner conversion of heart, and that, in themselves, can also prompt spiritual growth. very interesting and oh so true to live ‘simply’ in this day. It is an organic union of all Catholic fraternities scattered throughout the world and open to every group of the faithful. The current ï»¿ Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order (see below) is the third Rule that the OFS has had over the past 800 years This Rule was approved and confirmed in 1978 by Pope Paul VI and the four Ministers General of the Franciscan family. Conversion shows itself in outward signs, such as prayer, fasting, and works of mercy. The original Rule, written by the seraphic father, St. Francis, and approved by the Pope in 1221, still has the potential to inspire contemporary Franciscans. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. For example, exceptions to the food rules include feast days; times of illness, pregnancy, weakness, travel, and fatiguing work; and permission to eat whatever is served to you by others. Reflections on the Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order Part 1. The way is unfolding before us, and God is with us. St. Therese of Lisieux teaches that such small acts are often most pleasing to God. Secular Franciscan Profession. Let us, like Francis, be tireless as we pursue holy newness. The Holy See has entrusted the pastoral care and spiritual assistance of the Secular Franciscan Order (OFS), because it belongs to the same spiritual family, to the Franciscan First Order and Third Order â¦ Many feel unable to move forward, stifled by current world problems that seem insurmountable. There are two ways to explore the archives at HPR: To Live as Francis Lived: A Guide for Secular Franciscans, https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?RecNum=4680, http://www.onepeterfive.com/secular-franciscan-charism/, http://www.onepeterfive.com/secular-franciscan-charism, https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9Rpd-KAFZsMS1FLTmxuRGE0OE0/view?usp=sharing, Humanae Vitae and the Law of Gradualism – Rejoice and be Glad, Evangelization: The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Pax tecum, Benjamin Vail. In the Catechism (§1430-39), we read that penance “does not aim first at outward works,” but rather “interior conversion.” The Catechism states that this interior conversion will produce fruits. Our Lady of Fatima confirmed this. Each one has its own moral personality in the Church. As Third Order of St. Francis, the object and purpose of the Franciscan Tertiaries is âto form its members in Christian perfectionâ (ref Sacra Propediem 16). Formation. The Secular Franciscan Order (Ordo Franciscanus Saecularis, or OFS) is the Third Order founded by St. Francis of Assisi in 1221 for lay men and women, and diocesan clergy, who feel called to the Franciscan way of life, but who remain with their families, and at their jobs rather than joining the First Order (the Friars Minor) or the Second Order (the cloistered Poor Clares). It is not comprehensive, but rather offers a menu of ideas. © Homiletic & Pastoral Review (masthead). Race Relations and the Secular Franciscan Order. The Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order Prologue: Exhortation of St. Francis to the Brothers and Sisters of Penance (circa 1210-1215) * Concerning Those Who Do Penance All who love the Lord with their whole heart, with their whole soul and mind, with all their strength, and love their neighbors as themselves and hate their bodies with their vices and sins, and receive the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus â¦ Certainly we don’t need to serve rotten food to our families but we can get by, especially in America, with a few imperfections. From: THE RULE OF THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER (1978) Article 16: Let them esteem work as a gift and a sharing in the creation, redemption and service of the human community. The act of fasting might be classified as a more private act. The Catholic Encyclopedia defines penance as a virtue arising from awareness that we have sinned, and need to turn to God. Acts of mortification can promote growth in the love of God and neighbor. This is why learning and practicing mindful dialogue is so important with all people, because we don’t understand each other and what life is like from the perspective of other cultures. There may also be some unexpected degradation of the general appearance of translated pages. The Rule Secular Franciscans should devote The Rule. Dear Benjamin, I’d love to speak with you about your reflections on the most recent Secular Franciscan Rule. These various fraternities are coordinated and united according to the norm of this rule and of the constitutions. The Secular Franciscan Order received a new rule in 1978 from Pope Paul VI which was intended to give a new impetus to the Order so that it might flourish vigorously. Within its confines lives a healthy and dynamic family with many experiences and expressions. It is called the Confraternity of Penitents. 7). Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. There should not be any shaming of a pious person who wants to do them, as long as it is inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Encyclopedia explains, “In the New Law, therefore, repentance is as necessary as it was in the Old, repentance that includes reformation of life, grief for sin, and willingness to perform satisfaction.” It defines repentance as “heartfelt sorrow with the firm purpose of sinning no more.” Performing satisfaction—doing something for God to show sorrow for your sin—is part of penance. Br. Somewhere I read where someone suggested buying the ‘not so perfect fruit or vegetable’. What does it mean to be a “brother of penance” or “sister of penance”? The OFS is governed by the universal law of the Church and by its own Rule, Constitutions, Ritual, and statutes. Feelings of depression, division, greed, fear, or apathy thwart our efforts to live our vocation authentically. Their website says they try to “live this holy and freeing Rule of Life as closely as possible to its original intent.” So don’t let anyone say it is not possible to follow St. Francis’ original vision for the Third Order! The new Rule gave us hope for renewal. Indeed, Pope Pius XII said that over the centuries, the enduring marks of the OFS have been simple living, mortification, and acts of charity. Staff. It is not punishment, but “spiritual exercise” that unites us to Christ in this world, and wins us the imperishable crown in the next. A new spirit was placed in the hearts of the elect, and a holy anointing has been poured out in their midst.”, Perhaps one lesser known fact about St. Anthony is his great devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and, on account of the many references to Mary in his sermons and expressive passion with which he speaks of her, he might well be called, like St. Bernard of Clairvaux, whom he so frequently quotes, a second “Marian Doctor.”. The OFS Rule promulgated by Pope Leo XIII was blessedly short and simple and direct, and prescribed distinctly Franciscan practices. I have been developing a thesis similar to yours: that the drop-off in OFS vocations, and the apparent lukewarmness and confusion among the professed about our vocation and mission, is due in part to a vague Rule. Are you familiar with the Third Order Regular rule, i.e. This rule is a revision of two earlier rules, both derived from the Rule of Life given by St. Francis of Assisi to the laity in the year 1221. All rights reserved. The regulations for dress are very precise, limiting the cost, materials, and colors to be worn. In the parable of the prodigal son, not only does the son realize his errors, feel remorse, and seek reconciliation with the father, but there is a concomitant change in his behavior. A selection from our Rule of Life: The Secular Franciscan Order is divided into fraternities of various levels â local, regional, national, and international. Central to this stage of formation is Article 4 of The Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order which states, "The rule and life of the Secular Franciscan is this: to observe the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ by following Saint Francis of Assisi, who made Christ the inspiration and â¦ She made three simple requests—for personal penance, prayer, and devotion to her Immaculate Heart—to strengthen the faithful in these modern times. However, not everyone agrees that mortification is a useful addition to our “spiritual toolbox,” or that it should be a part of Secular Franciscan life. While the Memorial Propositi to which you refer is surely dated, at least it has ‘teeth’ and challenges one to live a life of penance, metanoia, in a specific way. Articles of the Rule. Fernando Ventura spearheaded a new initiative for OFS formation and spirituality at the 2011 General Chapter. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order. The first Rule has been superseded on a number of occasions, most recently with the “Pauline Rule” of 1978, approved by Pope Paul VI. By profession and urged by the Spirit, we adopt as our program of sanctification the rule of 1883 promulgated by His Holiness Pope Leo XIII for the Franciscan Third Order Secular. This penance is … saying ‘no’ when we need not so that we can courageously say it when we must.”. They name the â¦ You are here: Home / Formation / Reflections on the Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order Part 1. Ultimately, penance is about love: loving God, and loving our neighbor. In these fraternities the brothers and sisters, led by the Spirit, strive for perfect charity in their own secular state. The sacrifice required of every person is the fulfillment of his duties in life, and the observance of My law. Footnote Citations: St. Francis' Rule of 1221 for the Friars Minor, Ch. Perhaps the OFS would benefit from a new Rule, but when I broached this possibility with an international OFS leader, Benedetto Lino, he basically told me it’s not going to happen. The Secular Franciscan Order holds a special place in this family circle. The Rule of 1221 suggests that St. Francis wanted his followers to practice a rigorous spirituality of well-defined acts of self-sacrifice in a spirit of trust in God. Conversion involves “gestures,” or concrete acts directed towards ourselves, others, and God, including reconciliation, concern for the poor, fraternal correction, revision of life, examination of conscience, acceptance of suffering, and endurance of persecution. The Secular Franciscan Order is divided into fraternities of various levels â local, regional, national, and international. Today's reading is linked to a webpage of US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) The prayers includes: - Invitatory psalms (psalms 95, 100, 67 and 24), and canticles of the morning and evening prayers of Liturgy of Hours. The original Rule’s requirement for Secular Franciscans to wear only simple, inexpensive clothes of certain colors was one way they were encouraged to set themselves apart from the worldliness of their times. Sister Lucy, the Fatima visionary, wrote: Many persons, feeling that the word ‘penance’ implies great austerities, and not feeling that they have the strength for great sacrifices, become discouraged and continue a life of luke-warmness and sin. One of our deceased members used to say ‘when you go looking for something you need to buy..a tv, car, etc., you may look for the very best, but then buy the 2nd or 3rd best”. What a gift it is to recognize this trajectory as God’s direction for our Order, even as we await its fulfillment. A new unity as we formed a worldwide Order. A new unity as we formed a worldwide Order. … The return of the sinner to a life of virtue is also called a conversion.” The current OFS Rule points out, helpfully, that due to human weakness, this is a daily task (Rule no. This is a great copy of the SFO Rule to be given at an Inquirer's Admission to the Secular Franciscan Order. We’ve been on this journey of renewal for some time now. I heard a quote that went something like this: “You are the other part of me, I don’t yet understand.” We need to learn from each other. A new vision through the visioning gatherings for Youth, Formation and JPIC. About the Lady Poverty Region. The Secular Franciscan Order is divided into fraternities of various levels â local, regional, national, and international. There are no upcoming events at this time. dated 24 June, 1978 and âunder the ring of the Fisherman,â has approved the revised Rule of the Franciscan Secular Order which abrogates and takes the place of the preceding Rule of Pope Leo XIII. The Franciscan charism of poverty, of voluntary simplicity—in other words, of humility and self-denial —is not an end in itself; it is rather a way of conforming to the example given by Christ, and a way of living out the gospel, a means of seeking first the kingdom of God. Otherwise, there is no explicit call for penance, or specific plan of action for Secular Franciscans to make penance an integral part of life. In the last 40 years the essential structures were set in place – and now we see the progression – the trajectory. Secular Franciscans have a choice: either to hide from troubles or, with the help of our Rule and Gospel, to seek ways of moving forward in spite of difficulties. It will be tough to renew the SFO with such an ambiguous text. This is the penance that I now seek and require. 1995: Upon the advice of Father Pio Mandato, FPO, the living of the Rule is made known to a Rhode Island, USA, Secular Franciscan fraternity. I am not a theologian or historian, so this is just one layman’s attempt to contribute to the dialogue, only a short meditation that I hope may provoke others to think about these questions for themselves. âThe aim of the rule is to help the grace given to the soul at profession to accomplish its work of uniting the tertiary with Jesus. They are clearly intended to activate and reinforce a distinctly Franciscan approach to life. Let us recall that Our Lady appearing at Lourdes, as well as the angel in the vision of the third secret of Fatima, emphatically beseech the faithful with the words, “Penance! In contrast, the original Rule is full of detailed lifestyle requirements. From Easter to All Saints Day, Fridays are days of fasting. Contact Us. We have just posted Fratelli Tutti on our OFS-USA website, along with an overview, summary, two study guides and a video reflection by Sr. Margaret Carney OSF. the St. John Paul II approved edition from 1982? Racism – What’s A Secular Franciscan To Do? Distinct from penance, the Encyclopedia defines conversion as “a moral change, a turning or returning to God, and to the true religion.” Conversion is a change of attitude, a change of heart, a change of faith. (cf: https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/view.cfm?RecNum=4680). Acts of penance are a sacramental : CHAPTER 1: The Secular Franciscan Order. Since there are no issues within the Order in our region, our focus moved to educate ourselves on the Beatitudes of Good Communication amongst all people. The Franciscan family, as one among many spiritual families raised up by the Holy Spirit in the Church, unites all mem bers of the people of God -- laity, religious, and priests - who recognize that they are called to follow Christ in the footsteps of Saint Francis of Assisi. Each one has its own moral personality in the Church. The Catechism of the Catholic Church has some helpful paragraphs about the meaning of penance. You may be interested to read also my recent article at the blog onepeterfive.com called “In Search of a Secular Franciscan Charism.” You can read it at: http://www.onepeterfive.com/secular-franciscan-charism/. 1. Each one has its own moral personality in the Church. He has been involved with the Secular Franciscans in updating their ritual, providing commentaries for their new Rule and Constitutions, and facilitating a deeper commitment to their spiritual life, community participation, and apostolic endeavors. I have commented on their keynote addresses at the Chapter, which I think are problematic. The Secular Franciscan Order is an Order within the Roman Catholic Church, and was founded by Saint Francis of Assisi. Learn how your comment data is processed. I have been speaking as if acts of penance must arise purely from of a spirit of conversion, but in my experience the opposite is also true: acts of self-denial can encourage conversion. “Brothers and Sisters of Penance” We can see big differences between the first Rule and today’s version. America's foremost pastoral publication. Each one has its own legal personality in the Church. I am certain we will get to the other side of this (Pandemic). It is a challenge to follow the way of St. Francis while remaining in the world, especially in the 21st century with so much confusion, both inside and outside the Church. For it is in giving that we receive; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Also – Resources – Meeting Documents and Proceedings – 2019 National Chapter – State of Order Address OFS-USA 10-16-19 ], In consultation with the National Executive Council. The original Rule of the Third Order emphasized both private and public aspects of penance. Benedettoâs manifesto on Secular Franciscan identity is being distributed worldwide as recommended reading for all tertiaries. I remember the days when they first came out - they were a dollar. Benjamin J. Vail, OFS, is an American Secular Franciscan living with his family in Brno, Czech Republic. Franciscan Friar Benet A. Fonck is the coordinator of communications for the Sacred Heart Province of the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans). Such practices of self-denial and acceptance of suffering may be part of our “spiritual toolbox” as a means to growing in our relationships with God, and with others. Because Google Translate is an external website, SecularFranciscansUSA.org does not control the quality or accuracy of the translated content. I hope this article provides some resources for each of these actions that you can use individually or as a fraternity for on-going formation. Should Catholics Receive a COVID-19 Vaccine? The Secular Franciscan Order is divided into fraternities of various levels--local, regional, national, and international. Copyright 1995-2019 OFS-USA | All Rights Reserved, Conference of National Spiritual Assistants (CNSA), Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC), Sources for Secular Franciscan Books and Supplies, New Rule, new unity, new vision. It consists of a â¦ Penance is “a supernatural moral virtue whereby the sinner is disposed to hatred of his sin as an offence against God, and to a firm purpose of amendment and satisfaction. My prayer is that we get to the other side with a new vision, a deeper understanding, more compassion, and a fervent commitment to do all that we can individually, fraternally, and through our Order to care for the world and all within it. The causality works both ways. They have gone up in price for sure. Penance! âThe Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order is like a fine and sturdy home. This book examines the impact of that new rule while looking at the Franciscan lay movement â¦ Each one has its own moral personality in the Church. Why is the Catholic population decreasing in numbers? These various fraternities are coordinated and united according to the norm of this rule and of the constitutions. You could say that the current Rule, by encouraging voluntary modesty in only general terms, gives freedom to each individual Secular Franciscan to decide for himself how to live a penitential lifestyle. State of Order Address OFS-USA 10-16-19 ]. My certainty rests in God. By their profession to keep HPR reaching clergy around the world. From what has been already said, it may be gathered that St. Francis successively developed his rule, adapting it to the circumstances. The Secular Franciscan Order (Ordo Franciscanus Saecularis, or OFS) is the Third Order founded by St. Francis of Assisi in 1221 for lay men and women, and diocesan clergy, who feel called to the Franciscan way of life, but who remain with their families, and at their jobs rather than joining the First Order (the Friars Minor) or the Second Order (the cloistered Poor Clares). While the word “mortification” can conjure harsh images of self-flagellation, or the wearing of a hair shirt, seemingly small acts like forgoing sugar in coffee, or patiently waiting in line or a traffic jam, without complaining, can also be considered mortification. The present rule, succeeding "Memoriale Propositi" (1221) and the rules approved by the Supreme Pontiffs Nicholas IV and Leo XIII, adapts the Secular Franciscan Order to the needs and expectations of the Holy Church in the conditions of changing times. Dear Reverend Father, thank you for your comment. Already, I have mentioned several key words, such as “penance” and “conversion.” It may be useful to distinguish these terms. Fr. The first chapter of the Rule of 1221 defines the kinds of clothing tertiaries can wear. Why this emphasis on penance? The Tau Cross of the Secular Franciscan, and Assisi, Italy. The term originated with St. Paul, who traces an instructive analogy between Christ dying to a mortal life and rising to an immortal life, and His followers who renounce their past life of sin and rise through grace to a new life of holiness. Rather it is the commonsense insurance against anything that threatens—and many dangers do threaten—their relationship with Christ. Further penitential practices listed by the Catechism include penitential liturgies, pilgrimages, voluntary self-denial, such as fasting and almsgiving, and charitable and missionary works. Privacy. Dear Debbie, I am so glad you got something out of the article. Although I agree on the primacy of interior conversion, and that mortification can be dangerous to both body and soul, the simple and humble point I want to make is that penance is not only an interior conversion to God, but involves outward action. The new Rule gave us hope for renewal. (Ez 18:30-31). 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