Franciscan Spirituality and the 800th Anniversary of Franciscan Rule

Paul Keggington

September 30, 2008

_dsc0332.jpgAn important aspect of Francis Fest is learning more about St. Francis of Assisi and his impact on the world today. For this reason, Father Tom Wojciechowski, OFM, a member of the Franciscan Friars (OFM) of the Assumption BVM Province, was invited on September 28, 2008 by the Felician Village of Manitowoc to speak on the 8th centenary of the approval of the primitive rule of the Franciscan Order.

_dsc0051.jpgThe core of this rule-its reference to the Gospel is addressed to all Christians, and in a special way, to the children of Francis. The call to radically live the message of Jesus, its promises and demands, which Francis and his companions intended and followed, is still current for all times and states of life.

Historically, these scripture passages are foundational to this call:

If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me. (Mt 19:21 or Mk 10:21)

He said to them, Take nothing for the journey, neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money, and let no one take a second tunic. (Lk 9:3)

Then Jesus said to His disciples “whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me. (Mt 16:24)

For more information on the 800th anniversary read Franciscan Life Day One: 800 Years 1209-2009, Reflections on the Missal of San Nicole by Father Roch Niemier, OFM.

What fascinates you about St. Francis of Assisi choosing the Gospel as his Rule of life? Choose God.

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