Thoughts from your Regional Formation Director - November 2015

Franciscan Simplicity and Creation

Cell_of_a_Discalced_CarmeliteOur Franciscan Rule 11 states that Christ and His mother chose a poor and humble life, even though he valued created things attentively and lovingly. Let the Secular Franciscan seek a proper spirit of detachment from temporal goods and simplifying their own material needs.

The parable of the rich fool (Lk. 12: 16-21) is only interested in building his wealth and riches for his remaining years. He cares not for the treasures that only heaven can offer instead the treasures of life consume him. As he has been so busy storing earthly treasures he has not figured out if he would live long enough to enjoy what he has stored. The important line is the end of the verse which states that we should be rich in what matters to God.

In today’s world it is easy to get caught up in being consumed with money, gadgets and more are tempting when contrasted against corporal works of mercy, and a desire to grow in holiness. We are aware that satisfaction comes only through holiness and not from having more.

In scripture we read about the Pearl of great price in Mt 13:45-46 In searching for the pearl of great price we realize that none of our possessions can compare to the pearl of God’s love and graces.

In Rule 18 we read they should respect all creatures, animate and inanimate, which “bear the imprint of the Most High,” and they should strive move from the temptation of exploiting creation to the Franciscan concept of universal kinship.

We read in Genesis, that Humans are commanded to care for God’s creation and so we can apply this to our lives as Franciscans. What are some examples using Pope Francis encyclical, Laudato Si’ that apply to simplicity of our lives and caring for God’s creation?

God Bless,

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