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2015 - 2                                         Year 22                                   no. 86

 

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THE IMPORTANCE OF THE FAMILY FOR THE OFS AND FOR THE YOUFRA


THE FAMILY IN THE RULE AND GENERAL CONSTITUTIONS OF THE OFS
Fr. Martín Bitzer, OFMConv


Introduction

The fact that a rule so small as that of the Secular Franciscans devotes an entire article (17) to the family, tells us of the importance of family in the life of a Secular Franciscan.1
The family is an essential part in the "form of life" of every Secular Franciscan. The OFS Constitutions reaffirm this idea when they say: “Secular Franciscans should consider their own family to be the first place in which to live their Christian commitment and Franciscan vocation.” (Const. OFS 24.1)
This article has two parts. In the first we present the text of the Rule which speaks of the family and we offer our comment about it.
Considering, then, that the General Constitutions of the OFS are the application of what is contained in the Rule in its details, we think that only reading the texts constitutes the best commentary on what the family is as contained briefly in the Rule. And so we decided to quote the texts of the Constitutions dealing with the topic without giving an explanation.

 

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2015 - 1                                         Year 22                                   no. 85

 

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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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2014 – 3    Year 21    no. 83



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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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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.