To become a Franciscan friar...
 

THE PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS

Lord, make me a channel of thy peace,

that where there is hatred, I may bring love;

that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;

that where there is discord, I may bring harmony;

that where there is error, I may bring truth;

that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;

that where there is despair, I may bring hope;

that where there are shadows, I may bring light;

that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.

Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;

to understand, than to be understood;
to
love, than to be loved.
For it is by
self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by
forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by
dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.

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St. Francis of Assisi with the Birds
(peace symbol)

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St Maximilian Kolbe with the Madonna that offered him two crowns
and he accepted the both!

In August 1941 St Maximilian Kolbe, a friar minor conventual, freely gave his life instead of a prisoner companion who was selected to die in the bunker.
In his life he accepted God's vocation and worked hard to promote the Gospel principles: with this life and his work.
Are you willing to follow his footsteps: living a Franciscan life and spread the Lord's message of in today's world?
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From the Rule of St Francis of Assisi

Chapter I
In the name of the Lord, the life of the friars minor begins here.

The rule and life of the friars minor is this: To observe the holy gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, living in obedience without anything of our own, and in chastity. Brother Francis promises obedience and reverence to the Lord Pope Honorius and his canonically elected successors, and to the Roman Church; and the rest of the brothers are obliged to obey Francis and his successors.

 

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 St. Francis praying in front of the Crucifix

Cross
The Cross
that at San Damiano spoke to St. Francis

THE TESTAMENT OF ST. FRANCIS

This is how God inspired me, Brother Francis, to embark upon a life of penance. When I was in sin, the sight of lepers nauseated me beyond measure; but then God himself led me into their company, and I had pity on them. When I had once become acquainted with them, what had previously nauseated me became a source of spiritual and physical consolation for me. After that I did not wait long before leaving the world.

And God inspired me with such faith in his churches that I used to pray with all simplicity, saying, "We adore you, Lord Jesus Christ, here and in all your churches in the whole world, and we bless you, because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world."

God inspired me, too, and still inspires me with such great faith in priests who live according to the laws of the holy Church of Rome, because of their dignity, that if they persecuted me, I should still be ready to turn to them for aid.

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