Happy New Year!
2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the approval by Blessed Pope Paul VI of the 1978 Rule for Secular Franciscans.
St. Pope John Paul II urged all Secular Franciscans to, “Study, love and live the Rule of the Franciscan Secular Order, approved for you by my predecessor Paul VI. You have in your hands a genuine treasure, that agrees with the spirit of the Second Vatican Council, and responds to what the Church expects of you” (Address of John Paul II to The Secular Franciscan Order, Friday, 22 November 2002)
In this spirit, over the course of the year, members of the St. Anthony of Nagasaki fraternity will be sharing how we have been living out our rule. I hope you enjoy them and are inspired to learn more.
“May whoever observes all this be filled in heaven with the blessing of the most high Father, and on earth with that of his beloved Son, together with the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.”
– St. Francis