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Title: FRANCISCAN SPIRITUALITY


1
FRANCISCAN SPIRITUALITY
2
DEFINITIONS
  • Relationship between theology and spirituality.
  • Theology the study of God
  • Spirituality the process of personal
    transformation
  • Meaning of spirituality
  • Being animated by God
  • Driven by the Holy Spirit

3
CALL OF ST. FRANCIS
  • Called in his special way
  • To represent God (faith)
  • To speak of God (Evangelize)
  • To go towards God (Spiritual journey)
  • To treat with God (Prayer)

4
ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS IN A PENITENTIAL LIFE
  • A turning to God with all that one is
  • Loving one's neighbor as oneself.
  • Acknowledging and despising one's personal
    tendency to sin.
  • Receiving the Eucharist devoutly.
  • Allowing God's Spirit to dwell in us.

5
WHAT SHOWS IN YOUR LIFE
  • Joy, gratitude and care for the poor
  • Brought about by Gods transforming love
  • And by Gods giftedness of creation
  • Detachment from the things of this world
  • Brings about peace and joy a gift of God
  • Unconditional love

6
PRAYER
  • Like Francis, were active and contemplative
  • Open ones heart and mind to God
  • Love and praise Him body, soul and mind
  • Daily prayer Eucharist often

7
SISTERS AND BROTHERS
  • Foundation for everything minority or
    littleness
  • See ourselves as brother/sister to all people and
    all creation
  • Brother/sister relationships with all are
    encounters with Gods love
  • Its not what we do but how we do it and who we
    are
  • We walk with the poor and marginalized, those in
    need of healing, and those who hunger for God
  • We are committed to care for the earth

8
POVERTY
  • Living simply
  • Detachment
  • Everything is a gift
  • We are stewards
  • We seek justice for all

9
HUMILITY and CHARITY
  • Moment of Francis conversion he kissed the
    leper
  • Confronted his fear
  • Embraced it
  • Began a life of penance
  • Seen in the incarnation
  • Seen in the Eucharist
  • Humbly reach out to all others

10
COMMUNITY
  • Called to live in community
  • We need one another
  • Can only experience humility and charity in
    community

11
SELF-DENIAL
  • Unite ourselves with Him.
  • Substitute His perfect thoughts, will feelings
    for our imperfect ones.
  • Alone we can do nothing.
  • Through Him and with Him, we adore, praise and
    pray
  • Christ is dearer to us than we are to ourselves
  • We serve for Christ and with Christ

12
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
  • Commitment assumes failure will be part of the
    process of change and
  • growth. How do I handle failure in my life?
    Give examples.
  • 2. Am I giving God my whole body, soul and mind?
    How do I know?
  • What are some signs of taking the wide way
    instead of the
  • narrow way?
  • 3. What choices am I confronted with regularly
    that require me to think of
  • and put God first, instead of myself? How do I
    make those choices?
  • 4. Philippians 23-4 says Do nothing out of
    selfishness or out of vainglory
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