Strive for perfect charity

Secular Franciscans develop love in full measure so that it becomes their natural reaction to life and people and problems and celebrations. The SFO Rule is clear on this when it states: … In these fraternities the brothers and sisters, led by the Spirit, strive for perfect charity in their own secular state (SFO Rule – #2).

~ Lester Bach, OFM Cap, The Franciscan Journey: Embracing the Franciscan Vision

While directing one’s whole life…

The point of the Third Order is to accept with humility the task of one’s secular profession and its requirements, wherever one happens to be, while directing one’s whole life to that deep interior communion with Christ that Francis showed us.

–Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI, Jesus of Nazareth, Volume 1 via Saint Clare of Assisi Fraternity’s Website.

At God’s disposal…

Day in and day out, both when convenient and inconvenient, in good times and in bad – the Professed Secular Franciscan is to place him/herself at God’s disposal.

~Fr. Richard Trezza, O.F.M., For Up to Now: Foundation Topics for Initial Formation, “Profession and the Secular Franciscan: Theological and Liturgical Foundations”

Christ, poor and crucified…

“Christ, poor and crucified”, victor over death and risen, the greatest manifestation of the love of God for humanity, is the “book” in which the brothers and sisters, in imitation of Francis, learn the purpose and the way of living, loving, and suffering. They discover in Him the value of contradictions for the sake of justice and the meaning of the difficulties and the crosses of daily life. With Him they can accept the will of the Father even under the most difficult circumstances and live the Franciscan spirit of peace, rejecting every doctrine contrary to human dignity.

~Article 10, General Constitution of the Secular Franciscan Order

Secular Franciscan Profession

There is a widespread opinion among many Franciscan seculars and religious that the Profession of Secular Franciscans is a “second class” commitment, some kind of a “light” Profession. Indeed, most people have foggy ideas on the value of Profession in the Secular Franciscan Order and because of this many Secular Franciscans do not live the “grace” of Profession for what it really is. A true nuptial alliance with Jesus Christ aimed at a further consecration to God and at accomplishing a closer bond to the Church to reach the perfection of love and the realization of Saint Francis mission.

~Preface to Profession in the SFO: Gift and Commitment, Fr. Felice Cangelosi OFM Cap