Quotes Tagged: lester bach

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