Taking Up the Cross Daily in Selfless Service

Jesus said to all: “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me…whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” ~ Luke 9:23, Liturgy for Thursday After Ash Wednesday

He [St. Francis of Assisi] often said: “Would that my Brethren should labor and employ themselves, lest being given up to laziness, they should stray into sins of the heart or of the tongue.” ~ St. Bonaventure, Life of St. Francis, 5-6

“Often the best way to do some work on the inside of myself, is to do some work outside myself.”

(written in someone’s notes for Secular Franciscan formation, 2023)

See also the Rule of The Secular Franciscan Order, 13-16.

Photo Credit: Franciscan aid delivery in Ukraine, Franciscan Action Network, 2022

Are you feeling called to use your daily work to follow Jesus Christ? Are you studying for or working in a profession of service to others? Or maybe you find yourself in that role within your community or family? Are you considering whether the Secular Franciscan Order (O.F.S.) would bring and grow the spiritual dimension in your daily life and work? We would love to hear from you! E-mail the St. Cloud Fraternity of Secular Franciscans at mailbox@stcloudfranciscans.org.

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