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2015 - 1                                         Year 22                                   no. 85

 

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CONFERENCE OF OFS GENERAL SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS -- YOUFRA

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE FAMILY FOR THE OFS AND FOR THE GIFRA

 

Introduction

 

From October 5 to October 19, 2014, it was celebrated in Vatican the Extraordinary Synod about the family, in which the main theme was: The pastoral challenges on the family in the context of evangelization. In this Synod, the Church, with the pastoral guidance of Pope Francis, dedicated another moment of reflection and pastoral attention to the family, together with prayers.

The members of the Secular Franciscan Order (OFS), as Saint Francis‘s sons and daughters, wish to satisfy the mission of the Church For the next six years, in fact, among the priorities of the OFS, it is rightly that about the family (cf.. Conclusions of the General Chapter OFS, Assisi 1 to 8 November 2014).

Giving voice to the OFS of the whole world, the four numbers of Koinonia of this year 2015 will focus their articles in the importance of the Family for the OFS and for the YouFra.

In this first number, Br Francis Bongajum Dor, OFMCap, will consider the theme of the family in the Magisterium of the Church, since the Second Vatican Council until today. In the second number, Br. Martin Bitzer, OFMConv, will consider the family in the Rule and General Constitutions of the OFS. The third number, edited by Fr. Amando Trujillo Cano, TOR, will be dedicated to the pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization. Finally, the fourth number, edited by José Antônio Duarte Cruz, OFM, will focus on the vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world.

 

 

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CONFERENCE OF OFS GENERAL SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS -- YOUFRA

2014 4

Year 21

no. 84

       

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 EVANGELII GAUDIUM

 

PEACE AND SOCIAL DIALOGUE

Br. José Antonio Cruz Duarte, OFM

 

In this short article we want to re-read the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium by Pope Francis, from no. 217 up to n. 258, pointing out two important elements of the social dimension of evangelization: peace, as a fruit of the Spirit,[1] and the dialogue, as a path for evangelization.

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CONFERENCE OF THE GENERAL SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS TO THE OFS-YOUFRA

2014 - 2    Year 21    n. 82

EVANGELII GAUDIUM

 

TEMPTATIONS OF PASTORAL WORKERS

Br. Martín Pablo Bitzer, OFMConv

 

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Introduction

In the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium, Pope Francis dedicates ample space to the temptations faced by pastoral workers (Cf. nn. 76-109).

From the Gospels we know that before beginning his mission, “Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil” (Mt 4:1).

Before entering into his discourse on the announcement of the Gospel, the Pope helps us to unmask and to recognize the temptations of today that can put the new evangelization in danger.

The Holy Father affirms: “I have not sought to offer a complete diagnosis, but I invite communities to complete and enrich these perspectives on the basis of their awareness of the challenges facing them and their neighbours.” (108)[1]

Three things are striking in Pope Francis’s way of communicating: the novelty of his language (vocabulary), the citations that he uses, and the style by which he makes the discourse more incisive.

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2014 – 3    Year 21    no. 83



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CONFERENCE OF THE GENERAL SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS TO THE OFS
2013 - 2    Year 20    n. 78

 

THE YEAR OF FAITH

 

 

FAITH IN THE WRITINGS AND LIFE OF ST. FRANCIS

Br. Amanuel Mesgun Temelso, OFMCap

 

INTRODUCTION

 

There was, in the past, a mistaken conception about the importance of the writings of St. Francis. Since in some of them Francis declares himself ‘illiterate,’ the scholars found themselves snubbing them, considering it unlikely that they would find in them any teaching worthy of note. Therefore, almost all the scholars favored his biographies for understanding how Francis had lived the Christian faith.

It was only the flourishing of critical editions in the twentieth century that gave us the correct interpretation of the importance of the writings and biographies for a more accurate knowledge of the person and spirituality of St. Francis. For example, G. Miccoli defines the writings of St. Francis as “filter and touchstone.”1

 

 

In this brief examination of the meaning of “faith” in the writings of St. Francis, I will try first of all to point out how many times the word fides appears. After having synthesized and grouped these into definitions and meanings, I will discuss the themes, namely: (a) the faith as personal encounter with God; (b) faith in the Catholic Church; (c) faith (respect and veneration) of Francis toward priests, clerics, and churches. We will review these three contexts of faith with reference to the writings and to the life Francis lived.