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CONFERENCE OF GENERAL SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS OFS – YOUFRA


2018 - 1 Year 25 n. 97

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AS YOU SENT ME INTO THE WORLD,
SO I SENT THEM INTO THE WORLD (Jn 17, 18)
40 years after the SeraphicusPatriarcha

THE FAMILY AS VOCATION AND MISSION
Fr. Alfred Parambakathu OFMConv

General Introduction


In this year Secular Franciscans all over the world are commemorating the 40th anniversary of the promulgation of their present Rule by Pope Paul VI with the apostolic letter “SeraphicusPatriarcha” dated 24th June 1978. On this occasion the recently concluded XV General Chapter of OFS (Seraphicum, Rome, on November 4-11, 2017) invited all its members to reflect on the application of this Rule and how it is to be lived in concrete situations. The Conference of general Assistants (CAS), in the light of the theme of the General Chapter, “As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world” (Jn 17,18), has decided to dedicate the Koinonia of this year to four related topics:

  • Koinonia 2018-1:  “The family as vocation and mission” – Fr. Alfred ParambakathuOFMConv.
  • Koinonia 2018-2: “The work as vocation and mission” – Fr. Francis Dor, OFM Cap. 
  • Koinonia 2018-3: “The “ecological conversion” as vocation and mission”,- Fr. PedroZitha, OFM. 
  • Koinonia 2018-4: “The commitment in the Politics of the Secular Franciscans”, - Fr. Amando Trujillo Cano, TOR.

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CONFERENCE OF GENERAL SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS OFS – YOUFRA


2017 - 4                                                                            Year 24                                                                                       n. 96                                                                                                       

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LIVING THE FRANCISCAN CHARISM IN TODAY'S WORLD

40 years after the Seraphicus Patriarcha

 

“GO WITH THE GOSPEL IN THE HEART AND IN THE HANDS” [1]:

Franciscan Youth in the World

Fr. Pedro Zitha, OFM

 

INTRODUCTION

By looking at what is happening in today's world it is easy to understand that people need courageous believers who seriously take up their identity as followers of Christ who lives and is present in the life of everyone. Even the emergence of so many Christian movements is a confirmation that many are thirsty for the Word of God. And it is true that people alone and without the help of God are unable to quench this thirst. But people must cooperate effectively and this happens through the contemplation of the Word of God in the Gospel.

K O I N Ō N I A
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CONFERENCE OF GENERAL SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS OFS – YOUFRA


2017 - 2                                                                                                 Year 24                                                                                                                          n. 94

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LIVING THE FRANCISCAN CHARISM IN TODAY'S WORLD

40 years after the Seraphicus Patriarch

“The Lord gave me brothers and sisters” (cf. Test. 14):

The secular Franciscans and the gift of fraternity

Fr. Alfred Parambakathu OFMConv

Introduction

From May 29 to June 2 was held a “Capitolo generalissimo” of all the Franciscan families of Umbria to commemorate the fifth centenary of Itevos. The “prophecy of fraternal communion” is what has been experienced and activated in Foligno, in the knowledge that there is no truth, nor Christian credibility in a spirituality that does not become fraternal communion[1]. It would mean that we Franciscans have yet a long way to walk on the footprints of Francis. The present study is a humble attempt to understand the meaning of fraternal bonds in the life of a secular Franciscan.First we will go through the life and Writings of Francis and then will take up the Rule and Constitutions of OFS.

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CONFERENCE OF GENERAL SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS OFS – YOUFRA


2017 - 3                                                                            Year 24                                                                                       n. 95                                                                                                       

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LIVING THE FRANCISCAN CHARISM IN TODAY'S WORLD

40 years after the Seraphicus Patriarcha

“go forth as witnesses and instruments” (cf. OFS Rule 6)

The Secular Franciscans in the Church and in the world

Fr. Francis Bongajum Dor, OFMCap.

Introduction

St. Francis of Assisi so wanted to insert in the Rule a chapter on mission, “for those who go among the Saracens and other Nonbelievers”. The Rule stipulates that: “As for the brothers who go, they can live spiritually among the Saracens and nonbelievers in two ways. One way is not to engage in arguments or disputes but to be subject to every human creature for God’s sake and to acknowledge that they are Christians[1]. So, Francis saw in the simple testimony of Christian life an act of evangelization. The present Rule of life of the Secular Franciscan Order (OFS), recovers the Franciscan spirit of the power of witnessing and wants that the preferred apostolate of the Secular Franciscans be “personal witness in the environment in which they live and service for building up the Kingdom of God within the situations of this world[2].

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CONFERENCE OF GENERAL SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS OFS – YOUFRA


2017 - 1                                                                                    Year 24                                                                                     n. 93

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LIVING THE FRANCISCAN CHARISM IN TODAY'S WORLD

40 years after the Seraphicus Patriarch

 

SEDUCED BY GOD, SEEKERS OF CHRIST[1]

Secular Franciscans and their relationship with God

Fr. Amando Trujillo Cano, TOR