“The rule and life of the Secular Franciscans is this; to observe the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ by following the example of Saint Francis of Assisi, who made Christ the inspiration and the center of his life with God and people.” (Art. 4, Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order)
With everything going in my life lately, I had forgotten an important anniversary this month. January 9, 2013 was the 25th Anniversary of my Profession of the Secular Franciscan Order Rule. The only other members of my profession class were a married couple in their eighties. Sadly, they have long since passed away.
It has to believe that it has been 25 years; 25 years of trying to be faithful to the spirit of St. Francis. I sometimes have done well, sometimes not. There has always been “beginning again, for up to now, we have done little.” There has been times of joy; times of sadness; times of frustration, and times of fulfillment. I still find inspiration from the writings and life of St. Francis, and all the other Franciscan saints. I am still moved by the work and lives of Franciscan Friars, Poor Clares, Franciscan nuns, and Secular Franciscans I have met over the past 25 years. I look forward to the next 25.