Is Your Vocation with Francis?

Does one have a vocation to the Secular Order of the Franciscans? Father Lester Bach, OFM Capuchin in his book "the Franciscan Journey" lists ten reasons that indicate a person may have a vocation to the Secular Franciscan Order.

    The Individual

  1. Is a good, practicing Catholic.

  2. Has a desire to follow Jesus and His Gospel, the heart of our life.

  3. Has a personal faith relationship with Jesus, not just simply an intellectual knowledge about Jesus.

  4. Is hope-filled and willing and able to deal with life's issues.

  5. Realizes that we are all sinful and in need of conversion.

  6. Has some knowledge of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi.

  7. Is willing and able to commit to the Rule of the SFO and to live in fraternity.

  8. Trusts God and realizes the importance of God in their life.

  9. Has a reverence for all creation and a sense of courtesy and respect for it.

  10. Is willing to embrace a counter-culture stance that is part of life in fraternity and are able and willing to share creative ideas and life with others.

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