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Quotes Tagged: lester bach

He reached out with God’s love

Francis was grounded in Christ. Francis identified with Christ. Francis put on the mind of Christ. Nothing and no one could diminish Francis’ ability to recognize his beloved Jesus in robbers and sinful friars and men and women who were dominated by desires contrary to God’s love. From his heart of compassion and love, Francis saw their deep need of God. He reached out with God’s love, which dwelt within his own heart, to touch the unknown yearning in the heart of the other.

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

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

We cannot escape

Franciscans face the task of linking scripture and the life and Words of Jesus to their own lives. Moreover, we rely on the Holy Spirit to continue to teach us what we need to know. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth…  (John 16:13). We cannot escape the message of scripture nor the model that Jesus gives. Francis understood the primacy of Jesus and sought to imitate what he saw in and heard from Jesus.

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

We will live by that belief

We embrace the vision to respect all human life. We work to protect the lives of people no matter who they are or how bad they may be. It is the way of our Franciscan love. True christian love cannot be choosey. It is universal as We try to imitate the God who loves all people. For the same reason, we work to create conditions of life worthy of people redeemed by Christ (SFO Rule #13). All life is precious and we will live by that belief. We know how impossible this can be without the power of the Holy Spirit. Hence We are a prayerful people.

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

Doing nothing is no longer a choice for us

What does the rule ask of us? To be in the forefront in promoting justice by the testimony of their human lives and their courageous initiatives. We are not bystanders any more. Franciscans get involved. We involve ourselves in wise ways, observing, judging, acting. We use common sense. We get help if that is needed. We seek trained help if that is needed. We seek training if that is needed. We support professional help if that is needed. But doing nothing is no longer a choice for us.

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

To love others — always

When Franciscans desire to act justly, they are asking themselves to do the things that create and sustain relationships. It widens the awesome responsibility that is needed when we choose to love others — always.

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

Detachment is a gift

Detachment from things presumes that there are things to detach from. One way to learn detachment is to recognize how fragile things are. One fire, or flood, or tornado, or hurricane, or lightening strike and “things” are gone. The greater our attachment, the greater our grief. To be free of attachment to material things (even while we use them) means we are free to move on without being owned by them. Detachment is a gift that frees us from dominance by “things” in our lives. Detachment brings the gift of freedom. We are stewards, responsible for our use of material things but not possessed by them.

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

Enhance unity

Franciscans are determined to avoid whatever diminishes relationships and to engage in whatever would enhance unity.

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

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