Brother Vincenzo Brocanelli, OFM, writes in a special 800th anniversary edition Franciscans Without Frontiers:
St. Francis understood that in order to be a true disciple of Jesus he also had to be His witness. The more he advanced in faithful imitation of Christ, the more he became His living image, His impassioned voice, which cried, ‘Love is not loved.” He invited all, men and women, simple and great, citizens and leaders of the people, to conversion and penance.
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province, Franklin, WI, added a supplement to the text that chronicles the beginnings of the friars’ mission in the Mississippi Delta and their outreach to foreign missions. Find in this more personalized province section mention of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity presently in Gospel witness with the friars at St. Francis of Assisi Parish and School, Greenwood, MS. Find here a new definition of missionary enfleshed:
Nowadays, the missionary arrives in the local Church that already exists, which he must respect and serve, entering a culture in order to understand it in the first place, and then incarnate within it the evangelical Word.
How are you being called to live the Gospel of life in all its richness today?