It is expected that you

The world needs this Franciscan spirit, this Franciscan vision of life. It is expected that you, beloved children, know it deeply, love it with passion, above all that you live it with the perfection that your state allows.

~ Pope Pius XII, To the Secular Franciscans of Italy, 1 July 1956

Simply because it is God’s and it is good

This time of being “alone” with God is essential to fully live the Franciscan spirit. To build relationship with anyone takes time, effort and presence, and that also includes relationship with God. If we are willing to constantly make the effort, the Holy Spirit will lead us to the relationship we seek, and, for the Franciscan, effect the peace and joy we need to love and serve all God’s creation, simply because it is God’s and it is good.

~ Bob Fitzsimmons, OFS, “St. Francis and His Approach to Divinity” (FUN Manual)

In the actions of your daily life

The Franciscan spirit touches the whole of life. The Secular Franciscan Order  is not a devotional society that lets you do what you want as long as you pray. Rather, it expects that your grasp of the Franciscan spirit will find expression in the actions of your daily life.

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