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Title: FRANCISCAN FAMILY


1
FRANCISCAN FAMILY
  • ORIGINS

2
EARLIEST SOURCES
  • Life of Saint Francis 1228-29
  • Legend of the Three Companions 1241-47
  • Legend of Perugia 1240-41

3
LATER SOURCES
  • Major Life 1263
  • Little Flowers of St Francis 1337

4
LIFE OF ST FRANCIS Friar Thomas of
Celano 1228 nn. 36-37
5
LIFE OF ST FRANCIS
  • The laity were converted by
  • the life and teaching of Francis
  • his discipline and leadership
  • his way of life for them
  • Divine inspiration

6
LIFE OF ST FRANCIS
  • charismatic
  • a gift to the Church
  • to build Body of Christ
  • his way of life confirmed
  • Father of a spiritual family

7
LIFE OF ST FRANCIS
  • The Franciscan Family
  • SFO is an integral member
  • A secular Order

8
LEGEND OF THE THREE COMPANIONS Friars Leo,
Angelo, Rufino 1246 n. 54
9
LEGEND OF THE THREE COMPANIONS
  • The laity were converted by
  • preaching, example of Francis
  • his direction, guidance, discipleship
  • Divine inspiration

10
LEGEND OF THE THREE COMPANIONS
  • The Franciscan Family
  • SFO bound to friar Orders
  • in birth, life, and growth
  • in spirit

11
LEGEND OF THE THREE COMPANIONS
  • Growth of Franciscan Family
  • From personal relations with Francis, Clare and
    companions
  • Three Orders rise, decline together depending on
    their way of life

12
LEGEND OF PERUGIA Anonymous 1246 n. 34
13
LEGEND OF PERUGIA
  • History of the Third Order
  • n. 27 save your souls in your house
  • n. 34 many entered the Order

14
LEGEND OF PERUGIA
  • The laity were converted by
  • example, preaching of Francis and friars
  • liturgical prayer
  • Grace of God

15
MAJOR LIFE OF ST FRANCIS St Bonaventure 1263 Chap
ter 4, n.6
16
MAJOR LIFE
  • The laity were converted by
  • preaching of St Francis
  • his rule of penance
  • miracles

17
MAJOR LIFE
  • The Franciscan Family
  • unites laity, religious, priests
  • follow Christ in the footsteps of St Francis
  • SFO holds special place
  • Paul VI, SFO Rule 1978

18
MAJOR LIFE
  • The Franciscan Family
  • fired by the Word of God
  • lived the Gospel in the Church

19
LITTLE FLOWERS OF ST FRANCIS 1337 Chapter 16
20
LITTLE FLOWERS
  • The laity were converted by
  • prayer and discipline of Francis and friars
  • their preaching, teaching
  • their presence among laity
  • guides in spiritual life
  • Grace of God

21
LITTLE FLOWERS
  • Francis as spiritual assistant
  • disposed laity to conversion
  • not dependent on him
  • not indispensable companion

22
LITTLE FLOWERS
  • First Franciscans were outstanding
  • NOT FOR
  • rules
  • teaching
  • devotions

23
LITTLE FLOWERS
  • First Franciscans were outstanding
  • FOR BEING
  • Witnesses to Christ,
  • poor and suffering
  • Risen and living
  • Lord of the universe

24
LITTLE FLOWERS
  • The friars
  • preached the Word of God
  • lived the Christ-life as pilgrims
  • The joyful poor
  • suffering but free

25
LITTLE FLOWERS
  • The friars
  • Animators and guides of the laity
  • Brothers, not bosses
  • Assistants, not directors

26
SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS
  • Messengers and message
  • Witnesses of Gospel
  • Delegates of major Superiors
  • Bond of unity

27
SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS
  • Necessary for friars vocation, to share
    Franciscan charism
  • Called for others, like St Francis
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