'Let them individually and collectively be in the forefront in promoting justice by the testimony of their human lives and their courageous initiatives. Especially in the field of public life, they should make definite choices in harmony with their faith.'
Chapter 2, Section 15 of The Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order.
Justice, Peace, and Integrity in Creation
The mission of JPIC is to assist Professed Secular Franciscans as they reflect on their relationship with God as manifested in the fruits of conversion in their lives. This with special regard to the daily choices made in the areas of justice, peacemaking and respect for all created things and people; as brothers and sisters of penance, bringing life to the Gospel and the Gospel to life.
From the Letter of the Minister General, Secular Franciscan Order
...the Ministers General of the Franciscan Order passed down ... the new rule which was approved June 24, 1978 by the late Pontiff, Paul VI. I consider it a supreme gift from the Pope who was a true Franciscan in his heart and in his works ... October 4, 1978, Manuela Mattioli, O.F.S.
A Franciscan Look at Catholic Social Teaching
Catholic social teaching, sometimes referred to as the social doctrine of the Church, is a body of official Church teachings on the social order, composed of papal statements and conciliar or synodal documents. These social teachings originated with Pope Leo XIII and continue to the present.
The Catholic social tradition, however, is much older than this body of teachings, and is rooted in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures as well as in the patristic writings, which go back as far as the fifth century. This tradition provides a framework and an intellectual legacy from which the more recent (dating from the nineteenth century) social teachings draw. This tradition is a point of reference against which the social teachings are tested, even as the latter develop beyond the tradition by applying it to new issues and questions.
Catholic social teaching is rooted in the dignity of the human person as created in the image of God, and the human rights and duties that protect and enhance this dignity. Catholic social teaching is also concerned with the social nature of the human person, the concept of the common good, the relationship between society and the state, the theory of justice, an 'option for the poor,' and the concepts of subsidiarity and solidarity.
A Prayer of Pope Paul VI for Franciscans
I pray that our saint and gentle brother secure for us from Jesus Christ our Lord the spirit of gospel poverty, love for his Blessed cross, joy at the presence of God in the work of His hand, and ever love toward His human sisters and brothers, harmony among His sons and daughters, who are followers of the saint and peace in the world.