Thus says the Lord God: This…is the fasting that I wish: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the things of the yoke; setting free the oppressed, breaking every yoke; sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless; clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own.

Then your light light shall break forth like the dawn, and your wound shall be quickly healed…Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer, you shall cry for help and he will say: Here I am!

~ Isaiah 58: 1-9, Liturgy for Friday After Ash Wednesday

A sense of community will make them [Secular Franciscans] joyful and ready to place themselves on an equal basis with all people, especially with the lowly for whom they shall strive to create conditions worthy of people redeemed by Christ.

~ Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order, #13

Are you feeling called to bring relief to the oppressed, the lowly, the impoverished of livelihood or spirit? Are you studying for or working in a profession of bringing relief 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

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