Lent 2014


Dear brothers and sisters,

We are just in the middle of our Lenten journey which will lead us to the great joy of the Easter of our Lord Jesus Christ.

During the past three Sundays, we have heard and meditated upon what was proposed to us in the Gospels:

  • The Temptations,
  • The Transfiguration, and
  • The Samaritan Woman at the Well.

These are three passages in the Gospels that provide a strong invitation to conversion:

  • Resisting the many temptations that arise daily and which we find difficult to resist;
  • Being transformed into new people, invited by Jesus to descend from Mount Tabor and to immerse ourselves in everyday life to rebuild, with our hands and with the witness of our lives, his Church and the world in which we live, by engaging ourselves with courage and in a concrete way to repair what is "broken" around us.
  • Asking Jesus, as the Samaritan woman did at Sychar, for the Living Water that the Lord offers, since He is "a spring of water welling up to eternal life".
The Secular Franciscan Order

The Secular Franciscan Order belongs to the Franciscan Family and is "formed by the organic union of all the Catholic fraternities, whose members, moved by the Holy Spirit, commit themselves through profession to live the Gospel after the manner of St. Francis in their secular state following the Rule approved by the Church" (Const. 1,3).


Franciscans International (FI)

Franciscans International is a non-governmental organisation that voices concerns at the United Nations, with and on behalf of the most vulnerable, about justice, poverty and the planet.

OFS Active presence in the World

A concrete way to live the Rule
Testimonies from brothers and sisters
around the world.


NAFRA-USA joining with Catholic Relief Services on their Catholics Confront Global Poverty Initiative

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