Franciscan History

THE FRANCISCAN CREED
Inspired by the vision of Saint Francis, we commit ourselves to the Gospel as our way of life.
Our world view is centered in Christ

We see Jesus Christ as beginning the way and goal of all creation. 
This world-view reveals to us a God who is Father and a life which is Love.

This demands of us a life as brothers and sisters of all people and of creation. 
We are on a pilgrimage trying to reach our Father, trying to live a life of Love.

We have not yet arrived; we are sinners, but we are called to be Saints. 
As sinners, weak human beings, we must undergo a continuing conversion, 
returning always to the Father as prodigal sons and daughters.

Christ was poor and Christ was crucified; we seek to share in his poverty
and in his suffering. We further commit ourselves to the service of the poor. 

In making our way through life, we are guided more by simplicity, humility,
and minority than by power, prestige and status.

Like Christ, like Francis, we seek to become  instruments of peace, peacemakers. 
Acknowledging the guiding presence of the Holy Spirit,

We declare our loyalty to the Church in a spirit of dialogue and cooperation
with her ministers and shepherds. We are conscious of our obligation
to share in the  life and mission of the Church.

We are lay apostles called by Christ to continue his work on earth.
Our life and our spirituality, however is characteristically secular, in the world and for the world.

Joy sustains our lives, fulfills our living.  We seek the same for others. 
To achieve all this is difficult; hence we declare our need for Christ’s Eucharist, 
for personal, communal and liturgical prayer.

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 about the history of 
Saint Francis of Assisi
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 about the history of 
Saint Elizabeth of Hungary


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Saint Clare of Assisi

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 about the history of Saint Louis IX