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The One Thiung Necessary – Seeing Chapter IX of the Third Order Regular Rule through the Lens of the Teachings of John Duns Scotus

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  Letter President · May 25, 2022

As you know, the IFC-TOR General Assembly was held in Assisi from May 9-15, 2022 at Domus Pacis. The gathering was a time of enrichment and sharing by the participants of the assembly which totaled 79 General Ministers and/or their delegates from 64 religious institutes.

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Francis of Assisi exhorts us to have peace so deeply within our hearts that it overflows in our words and actions, and all will be moved to peace. Pope Francis says the same in another way, praying and calling all to “demilitarize our hearts.” These days of conflict and war in Ukraine shout out to us that peace begins and continues in the heart of each person. As followers of the man of Gospel peace, let us, led by his inspiration, be shining lights of the hope of peace, in whatever way God’s holy Spirit leads us to work to bring about peace within and without.

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PROPOSITUM

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Theme · Contemplation

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Theme · Celebration of the 800th Anniversary of the Second Letter to the Faithful (1221) - Saint Francis

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Theme · Responses to the COVID-19 and Reflections on FRATELLI TUTTI

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Theme · Incarnation

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Theme · Conversion

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Theme · Gift and Task

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Theme · Aspects of Obedience

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Theme · Your responses to Make a Dwelling

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Theme · Make a Dwelling

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Theme · Make a Dwelling

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Theme · Responding IN THE MARGINS OF THE SOCIETY

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Theme · Responding IN THE MARGINS OF SOCIETY

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Theme · Living the Golspel Interculturally

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Theme · Responability for all of God's Creation

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Theme · Conversion and Transformation

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Second Letter of St. Francis to the Faithful
1221

English translation

Preface

This writing may have been written upon Francis’s return from his journey to the Middle East in the Spring of 1220, for not only does it speak of his weakened condition but also suggests the post-conciliar concerns of Pope Honorius III. At the same time, it recalls Francis’s earlier exhortation to the Brothers and Sisters of Penance and encourages its observance in light of many of the teachings of the Fourth Lateran Council.

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Council CFI-TOR Input (2017-2022)

800th Jubilee Celebration of the SECOND LETTER TO THE FAITHFUL

  Council 6th input - Sr. Deborah

We can all imagine the young Francis kneeling in the dilapidated San Damiano, praying before the crucifix, “enlighten the darkness of my mind...” We know the struggles he went through as God revealed to him: He wanted me to be a new fool in the world. God did not wish to lead us by any way other than this knowledge… Assisi Compilation, 18

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  Council 5th input - Sr. Joanne

At first glance, these verses may seem like a simple invitation for all creatures to praise and glorify God, but they are so much more. The verse that introduces this section is key to our reflection (Verse 60, John 17:24): “I wish, Father, that where I am, they may be with me... because you loved me before the creation of the world.”

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  Council 4th input - Sr. Dolores

Francis of Assisi is moved by the evangelical urgency for proclaiming the Father’s Word and the words of the Holy Spirit “which are spirit and life.” Not a spirituality out of the reality, but a Spirit that is life, who becomes flesh and is true life-giver in fullness.

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  Council 3rd input - Sr. Magdalena

Today Francis directs our gaze to the obedience of the greater, who as lesser, as servant, is to be a servant of all. Obedience begins with love for one's own soul. It keeps God present in us. Our deepest impulses to love live in it, and there we ponder God's Word and the inspirations of His Spirit. Out of the soul our life is formed.

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  Council 2nd input - Sr. Benigna

God called St. Francis and inspired him to pass the Gospel message to the people of his time, just as He does to us in the present moment. Where evil, vices and sin were and are the order of the day, God is calling us to leave sin behind and work for a world of innocence of heart, seeking good in all, where peace and love are a sign of God’s love.

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  Council 1st input - Sr. Deborah

Francis speaks from his experience when he writes about prayer; he heard the words of Jesus as if he were sitting next to the Samaritan woman, listening attentively… In the clefts of the rock he would build his nest and in the hollow of the wall Song of Songs 2:14 his dwelling.

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We pray as we prepare for our General Assembly in May

  GA 2022 prayer on Theme - Sr. Deborah - April

Highest, brightest God, enlighten the darkness of our hearts. Give us a faith that leads on, a hope that carries through, a love that excludes no one and nothing.

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  GA 2022 prayer on Theme - Sr. Magdalena - March

The kingdom of heaven truly belongs to those who, of their own will, a spiritual intention, and a desire for eternal goods, possess nothing of this earth.

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  GA 2022 prayer on Theme - Sr. Joanne - February

At the IFC-TOR General Assembly in May we will commemorate the 40th anniversary of our TOR Rule and Life.

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  GA 2022 prayer on Theme - Sr. Benigna - January

The Gospel according to Matthew exhorts us to love all equally with undivided heart.

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Memoriale Propositi 1221 ‒ 2021

800th Anniversary Day

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Study Guide
ENCYCLICAL FRATELLI TUTTI
Pope Francis

CHAPTERS

Introduction — Summary and quotes from the Encyclical / Introduction · Pat McCloskey, OFM

INTRODUCTION

Dark Clouds A Closed World – Summary and quotes from the Encyclical / chapter 1 · Caryn Crook, OS

CHAPTER 1

A Heart Open to the Whole World — Summary and quotes from the Encyclical / chapter 4 · Margaret Carney, OSF

CHAPTER 4

A Better Kind of Politics — Summary and quotes from the Encyclical / chapter 5 · Michelle Balek, OSF

CHAPTER 5

Dialogue and Friendship in Society — Summary and quotes from the Encyclical / chapter 6 · Charlie McCarthy, OFM Conv.

CHAPTER 6

Paths of Renewed Encounter — Summary and quotes from the Encyclical / chapter 7 · Sr. Margaret Magee, OSF

CHAPTER 7

Religions at the Service of Fraternity in Our World — Summary and quotes from the Encyclical / chapter 8 · Fr. Jim Puglisi, SA

CHAPTER 8

How to Use this Guide

  1. This guide can be used with small or large groups and for personal reflection.
  2. Feel free to share with others the URL where you found the guide. You are free to print it for others who prefer a printed text. This guide is free.
  3. This guide serves as an overview to the chapter featured but cannot in the space available do justice to the richness of each chapter.

This is a cooperative venture of several Franciscan organizations. This study guide series is posted at:

https://franciscanmissionservice.org
https://franciscanaction.org
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Feel free to duplicate and share this page.

Margaret Carney, OSF and Pat McCloskey, OFM coordinated this study guide series.

URL for the Encyclical “FRATELLI TUTTI” English text:

www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals.index.html

 

Our writers:
Nancy Celaschi, OSF
Caryn Crook, OSF
Bill Hugo, OFM Cap.
Mary Esther Stewart, OFS
Michelle Balek, OSF
Charlie McCarthy, OFM Conv.
Margaret Magee, OSF
Jim Puglisi, SA

ROMANS VI

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