FORMATION FRIDAY – Documents of the Franciscan Order – June 14, 2024

Please share with your local fraternity Documents of the Secular Franciscan Order We have recently completed a series of Formation Fridays delineating each section of our Rule and providing commentary. We hope that each local fraternity has been encouraged to use those posts as a basis for ongoing formation on the Rule. It is also…

FORMATION FRIDAY – Do you ever wondered about Angels? – June 7, 2024 –

Do you ever wonder about angels?   · The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls “angels” is a truth of faith. The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition. (CCC 328 ) · St. Augustine says: “‘Angel’ is the name of their office, not of their…

FORMATION FRIDAY – Rule of OFS, Chpt 3, Art.25-26 – May 24, 2024

Korean translation attached in a separate PDF. Please share with your local fraternity. The OFS-USA National Fraternity has recently published “From Gospel to Life,” the OFS Rule with Commentary. This occasional series highlights the Prologue (See November 17th and 24th) and the articles of the Rule, the commentary, and questions based on this publication for…

FORMATION FRIDAY – RULE, Chpt 3, Art.23-24 – May 17, 2024

(En español abajo) The Korean translation is also attached in a separate PDF. Please share with your local fraternity. The OFS-USA National Fraternity has recently published “From Gospel to Life,” the OFS Rule with Commentary. This occasional series highlights the Prologue (See November 17th and 24th) and the articles of the Rule, the commentary, and…

FORMATION FRIDAY – RULE – Chapter 3, Articles 21-22 – May 10, 2024

Korean translation attached as a separate PDF. Please share with your local fraternity. The OFS-USA National Fraternity has recently published “From Gospel to Life,” the OFS Rule with Commentary. This occasional series highlights the Prologue (See November 17th and 24th) and the articles of the Rule, the commentary, and based on this publication for fraternity…

FORMATION FRIDAY – RULE, Chapter 3 – May 3, 2024

En español abajo) KOREAN TRANSLATION IS ATTACHED IN PDF FORMAT. Please share with your local fraternity. The OFS-USA National Fraternity has recently published “From Gospel to Life,” the OFS Rule with Commentary. This occasional series highlights the Prologue (See November 17th and 24th) and the articles of the Rule, the commentary, and questions based on…

FORMATION FRIDAY – JPIC #3 – April 26, 2024

(En español abajo) THE KOREAN TRANSLATION IS ALSO ATTACHED IN A SEPARATE PDF   Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation #3 (Our series on the Rule will continue next month.)   Thank you to Joe Makely, OFS, National JPIC Animator for contributing this piece.   What does it mean that our Rule is influenced…

FORMATION FRIDAY – JPIC #2 – April 19, 2024

Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation #2 (We will return to the series on the Rule in May.) Thank you to Joe Makely, OFS, National JPIC Animator for contributing this piece.   Following the Gospel: Footnotes to Apostolic Creativity   Our Pauline Rule has 45 references, most of which point to one of three…

FORMATION FRIDAY – JPIC – April 12, 2024

  Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation (We will return to the series on the Rule in May) Thank you to Joe Makely, OFS, National JPIC Animator for contributing this piece. The members of our order have a special call as lay people in the Church. We are to live the Gospel, each in…

FORMATION FRIDAY – RULE OF THE OFS, Chapter 2, Art 18-19 – April 5, 2024

The OFS-USA National Fraternity has recently published “From Gospel to Life,” the OFS Rule with Commentary. This occasional series highlights the Prologue (See November 17th and 24th) and the articles of the Rule, the commentary, and questions based on this publication for fraternity discussion. You may order “Gospel to Life” at this link: https://www.secularfranciscansusa.org/wp-content/uploads/Order-Form_October_2023rev.pdf Rule…

FORMATION FRIDAY – GOOD FRIDAY – CLARE – March 29, 2024

Since today is Good Friday, it is an extra special time to follow Saint Clare’s Gazing on the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ as found in her second letter to Saint Agnes of Prague. 19“Look upon Him Who became contemptible for you, and follow Him, making yourself contemptible in this world for Him. 20Most…

Formation Friday- Rule Chapter 2, Art. 15,16,17 – March 22, 2024

The OFS-USA National Fraternity has recently published “From Gospel to Life,” the OFS Rule with Commentary. This occasional series highlights the Prologue (See November 17th and 24th) and the articles of the Rule, the commentary, and questions based on this publication for fraternity discussion. You may order “Gospel to Life” at this link: https://www.secularfranciscansusa.org/wp-content/uploads/Order-Form_October_2023rev.pdf Rule…

Formation Friday – Rule of the OFS, Chpt 2 Art. 12.13.14 – March 15, 2024

The OFS-USA National Fraternity has recently published “From Gospel to Life,” the OFS Rule with Commentary. This occasional series highlights the Prologue (See November 17th and 24th) and the articles of the Rule, the commentary, and questions based on this publication for fraternity discussion. You may order “Gospel to Life” at this link: https://www.secularfranciscansusa.org/wp-content/uploads/Order-Form_October_2023rev.pdf Rule…

Formation Friday – Rule Chpt 2, Art.10-11 – March 8, 2024

The OFS-USA National Fraternity has recently published “From Gospel to Life,” the OFS Rule with Commentary. This occasional series highlights the Prologue (See November 17th and 24th) and the articles of the Rule, the commentary, and questions based on this publication for fraternity discussion. You may order “Gospel to Life” at this link: https://www.secularfranciscansusa.org/wp-content/uploads/Order-Form_October_2023rev.pdf Rule…

Formation Friday, Catholic Social Teaching – from OFS Rule – March 1, 2024

Catholic Social Teaching—From St. Francis to the Secular Franciscan Rule In the Legend of the Three Companions we read: He [Francis] used to tell them: “As you announce peace with your mouth, make sure that greater peace is in your hearts. Let no one be provoked to anger or scandal through you, but may everyone…

Formation Friday – Rule of the OFS, Chpt 2, Art 8-9- February 23, 2024

  The OFS-USA National Fraternity has recently published “From Gospel to Life,” the OFS Rule with Commentary. This occasional series highlights the Prologue (See November 17th and 24th) and the articles of the Rule, the commentary, and questions based on this publication for fraternity discussion. You may order “Gospel to Life” at this link: https://www.secularfranciscansusa.org/wp-content/uploads/Order-Form_October_2023rev.pdf…

Formation Friday – The Rule, Chpt 2, Art 6-7 – February 16, 2024

The OFS-USA National Fraternity has recently published “From Gospel to Life,” the OFS Rule with Commentary. This occasional series highlights the Prologue (See November 17th and 24th) and the articles of the Rule, the commentary, and questions based on this publication for fraternity discussion. You may order “Gospel to Life” at this link: https://www.secularfranciscansusa.org/wp-content/uploads/Order-Form_October_2023rev.pdf Rule…

Formation Friday – The Rule – The Conversion Process – February 9, 2024

We have interrupted our series on the Rule with commentary for some Lenten inspiration. We publish the resources below each year in hopes that they will help everyone to focus on penance and conversion, so important in the life of a Secular Franciscan.   Thank you to the National Formation Commission for collaborating on this…

Formation Friday – Rule of OFS, Chapter 2, Arts 4-5, – February 2, 2024

The OFS-USA National Fraternity has recently published “From Gospel to Life,” the OFS Rule with Commentary. This occasional series highlights the Prologue (See November 17th and 24th) and the articles of the Rule, the commentary, and questions based on this publication for fraternity discussion. You may order “Gospel to Life” at this link: https://www.secularfranciscansusa.org/wp-content/uploads/Order-Form_October_2023rev.pdf Rule…

Formation Friday – From Gospel to Life” – January 26, 2024

The OFS-USA National Fraternity has recently published “From Gospel to Life,” the OFS Rule with Commentary. This occasional series highlights the Prologue (See November 17th and 24th) and the articles of the Rule, the commentary, and questions based on this publication for fraternity discussion. You may order “Gospel to Life” at this link: https://www.secularfranciscansusa.org/wp-content/uploads/Order-Form_October_2023rev.pdf Rule…
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