Franciscan

Renewal of Commitment to Franciscan Life

Sometimes we wonder, when we look back over our lives, if we would do it again. Would I walk the same path, make the same choices? We might do a few things differently if we had the chance, but facing our future with hope, we continue each day to "do what is ours to do," to live and share the Gospel. April 16 is the anniversary of the first approval of our Franciscan Rule, and it is the traditional day for us to renew our Franciscan commitment.

Here is a suggested prayer that can be used in the coming days, either individually or as a fraternity.

Renewal of Commitment to Franciscan Life

All praise be yours, O Lord, for all creation gives you glory. All praise be yours, O Lord, for all good comes from you. All praise be yours, O Lord, for you call us to the life of your Risen Son.

Today, we rededicate ourselves to the call you have given us. We renew and profess our commitment to a Gospel vision of life, handed on to us by our Father, Francis, and our Mother, Clare; and we ask your help to continue to live the life of the Gospel with obedience to your Spirit and your Church, with poverty that imitates the life of your Son and his most Holy Mother, and with chastity that frees us to love you and your people with unmeasured love.

All praise be yours, O Lord.

– Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM

close