The Secular Franciscan Monthly Pledge

We realize the importance of giving glory to God, of striving for holiness and of working for the spiritual and temporal welfare of others.  We see the great value of the Secular Franciscan Way of Life to achieve these all important goals in life.  Therefore, we resolve to observe the teaching and footsteps of Jesus Christ according to the spirit and rule of St. Francis.

With God’s grace, we will participate as fully and as often as possible in the Mass, the Sacraments (especially Reconciliation), and the official prayer of the Church.  We will spend a portion of time each day in personal prayer.  And we will be involved in the monthly meeting as an act of worship and a building of community.

We will contribute according to our means and time and talent and possessions for the charities of our Franciscan Family. And we will uphold the dignity of every person and the worth of all creation.

We will always be loyal to the Commandments of God and to the Church.  We will continually try to turn closer to the Lord.  And we will use what we have in a spirit of justice, moderation, and generosity.

We will be proud to display the emblem of our membership in the Secular Franciscan Order.  By our actions and our speech, we will set a good example and will strive to be peacemakers in our society, especially within our families and toward those who are poor, sick or disadvantaged.

This we resolve through the help of the Virgin Mary and St. Francis, by the grace of the Holy Spirit, and in the name of Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen

We live as he did, we take on his mission

Every Secular Franciscan should become “Francis all over again” in this respect, contemplating and living the humanness of Christ, the man, and his words. This lived experience of Christ within us is shown in what we do, what we say, what we are, and, therefore, in what we believe. In a word, it is that full-circle cycle from “reading” the gospel with all our being to living it with all our potential,  for Jesus, our “Way” is vividly portrayed on every page of the gospel. If in the ordinary things of life we are motivated to purposeful action by visualizing our goals, by developing a burning desire to attain them and having confidence that we will, then encountering Jesus in the gospel as our model, as our source of energy and as the pledge of our hope, makes a truly gospel-oriented life possible. We live as he did, we take on his mission. We share his Good News with others.

~ Benet A. Fonck, OFM, Called to Follow Christ

The way of perfection…

He would tell his sons that she was the way of perfection, the pledge and earnest of eternal riches. No one was so greedy of gold as he of poverty; no one more careful in guarding a treasure than he in guarding this pearl of the Gospel.

~Thomas of Celano, The Second Life of St. Francis of Assisi