Francis of Assisi: Early Documents. Let all of us, brothers, look to the Good Shepherd Who suffered the passion of the Cross to save his sheep. I indeed counsel, warn, and exhort my brothers in the Lord Jesus Christ that when they go through the world they be not litigious nor contend in words, nor judge others; but that they be gentle, peaceful, and modest, meek and humble, speaking honestly to all as is fitting. In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. As the friars became more numerous, the order extended outside Italy. And wherever they are, or in whatever situation they are in, they should diligently and fervently show reverence and honor to one another. Those who are forced by necessity may wear shoes.
From these three bases the Franciscans swiftly expanded to embrace the principal towns of England. But let them be very wary of money. I strictly order all the brothers to avoid suspicious meetings or conversations with women and to stay out of the convents of nuns except in cases where special permission has been granted by the Holy See. And let us hate our body with its vices and sins, because by living carnally it wishes to deprive us of the love of our Lord Jesus Christ and eternal life, and to lose itself with all else in hell; for we by our own fault are corrupt, miserable, and averse to good, but prompt and willing to evil; because, as the Lord says in the Gospel: from the heart of men proceed and come evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, false testimonies, blasphemy, foolishness. But the ministers must give permission to go to none except to those whom they see are fitted to be sent. First Order The First Order or the Order of Friars Minor are commonly called simply the Franciscans.
Blessed is the servant who esteems himself no better when he is praised and exalted by people than when he is considered worthless, simple, and despicable 2. Instead they should be servants and subjects to every human creature for the Lord's sake 1 P 2:13. And I, Brother Francis, your little one and servant, in so far as I am able, confirm to you within and without this most Holy Blessing. Francis is not at all consonant with history. Initially, the women's communities took a monastic form of life, either voluntarily or under pressure from superiors.
We would be happy to meet with you to share about the Franciscan journey. This being done, if he be willing and able, with safety of conscience and without impediment, let him sell all his goods and endeavor to distribute them to the poor. Blessed is the servant who has faith in the clergy who live uprightly according to the norms of the Roman Church. Let whomever of the friars who by divine inspiration wants to go among the Saracens and other infidels seek permission for that reason from their minister provincial. The lay brothers are to say twenty-four Our Fathers for Matins and five for Lauds; for Prime, Terce, Sext, and None, for each of these, they are to say seven; for Vespers twelve and for Compline seven. Everywhere and in each place, and in every season and each day, the brothers and sisters are to have a true and humble faith.
For all that happens to them let them give thanks to our Creator. And they are to get up for Matins. With our whole heart, our whole soul, our whole mind, with our whole strength and fortitude with our whole understanding with all our powers with every effort, every affection, every feeling, every desire and wish let us all love the Lord God Who has given and gives to each one of us our whole body, our whole soul and our whole life, Who has created, redeemed and will save us by His mercy alone, Who did and does everything good for us, miserable and wretched, rotten and foul, ungrateful and evil ones. Woe to that religious who delights in idle and frivolous words and with these provokes people to laughter. Spiritual sources give other rather dramatic circumstances, under which the new rule was communicated to the provincials, headed by Brother Elias. The itinerate mendicant preacher defined by Francis reflects an eremitic model parallel to the many hermit styles of his age. The latter two, the Capuchin and Conventual, remain distinct within the Catholic Church, observing the with different emphases.
But henceforth I can truly say: who art in heaven. Those brothers whom the Lord favors with the gift of working should do so faithfully and devotedly, so that idleness, the enemy of the soul, is excluded yet the spirit of holy prayer and devotion, which all other temporal things should serve, is not extinguished. Moreover, I advise and admonish the friars that in their preaching, their words should be examined and chaste. See I John 4: 8. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God Mt. He planned and built the in which is buried, a building which includes the friary , still today the spiritual centre of the Order. And wherever the friars are, who know and understand, that they themselves are not able to observe the rule spiritually, they should and can have recourse to their ministers.
Indeed let the ministers receive them charitably and kindly and be so familiar with them, that they can speak to them and act as a lord with his servants; for so it should be, because the ministers are the servants of all the friars. And wheresoever the brothers are and may find themselves, let them mutually show among themselves that they are of one household. Let them only be concerned to serve, love, adore, and honor the Lord God, as best they can, with single-heartedness and purity of intention. That the brothers should not accept money. He had cut all ties that remained with his family, and pursued a life living in solidarity with his fellow brothers in Christ. They are the children of the Heavenly Father cf Mt 5:45 whose works they do.
Let those friars, to whom the Lord gives the grace to work, work faithfully and devotedly, in such a way that, having excluded idleness, the enemy of the soul, they do not extinguish the spirit of holy prayer and devotion, to which all other temporal things should be subordinated. I pray not that Thou shouldst take them out of the world, but that Thou shouldst keep them from evil. Each minister may assemble with his brothers every year wherever he may please on the Feast of St. And so it is really the Spirit of the Lord, Who lives in his faithful, Who receives the most holy body and blood of the Lord. The Order is headed by a Minister General, who from 2003 was Father. Let the brothers and sisters keep the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God and of our Lord Jesus Christ, ever before their eyes. The friars who have already vowed obedience may have one tunic with a hood and those who wish may have another without a hood.
And let him show his love for the other by his deeds. Other important Franciscans are Fray , Fray , and Fray , who all created texts in indigenous language of to aid friars in the evangelization of Mexico. Benedict pertain to how to live a life in chastity and how to live a life with God. That person truly loves his enemy who is not upset at any injury which is done to himself, 3. But now, after having renounced the world, we have nothing else to do but to be solicitous, to follow the will of God, and to please Him. The servant of God who does not become angry or upset at anything lives justly and without anything of his own.