The Grace of Commitment
Dear sisters and brothers,
In our Rite of Profession, immediately before the candidates make their actual permanent profession, the priest celebrant says “Let us pray”:
This coming Lent, whenever and wherever we undertake that most Franciscan of devotions - the Stations of the Cross – may the Spirit of love penetrate our hearts. May His grace strengthen us in our commitment to follow Him.
As our Rule exhorts us: United themselves to the redemptive obedience of Jesus, who placed His will into the Father’s hands, let them faithfully fulfill the duties proper to their various circumstances of life. Let them also follow the poor and crucified Christ, witness to Him even in difficulties and persecutions (art. 10).
When do you find it easy to unite yourself to “the redemptive obedience of Jesus”? When do you find it difficult?
With prayers for strength and commitment,
Secular Franciscan Order
Old Mission San Luis Rey
4050 Mission Avenue
Oceanside, CA 92057
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