Let's start with ourselves, but let's also pray that everyone grows in this virtue a bit.
Step 1: Fear the Lord
Man must keep the fear of God always before his eyes, and never forget His commandments. The fear of God means reverence for God; what we often forget is that by offending God, we offend ourselves.
Step 2: Not my will, but yours O Lord (from John 6:38)
This means that in order to be humble, we must avoid taking inordinate pleasure in our own wants and desires but always strive to do God’s will before all else.
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Our guest speaker for the Regional Spiritual Conference in August, 2018 was Dr. Richard Shields. Comments from those that attended found Dr. Shields an excellent speaker and his talks were realistic and current to our day and time. We asked Dr. Shields to consider sharing future thoughts with us to be put on our Regional newsletter "Franciscan Focus" and he agreed. This is Dr. Shields first sharing. - Sherrill Guimond, Regional Formation Director
CIOFS is excited to present you a special gift to help you celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Rule. CIOFS has prepared a 12-minute video, entitled, “Forty years of the ‘New' Rule, A Treasure for the OFS" which provides a historical perspective on the rule of 1978 and a beautiful summary. Please share this video with your brothers and sisters. View the video and celebrate the rule together. Take some time to discuss and contemplate its message. Celebrate this great treasure in your hearts and carry it with you throughout the day. https://youtu.be/Y2eUXrAuWO4
How can we sum up the spirituality of St. Francis? One way to start, Murray Bodo, OFM, says, is to consider his “Canticle of the Creatures.” “He praises God,” Fr. Murray says, “by being a part of all of the created world.”
- OFS member, Jim Milton shared this site with us. Thanks Jim.
Jesuit Father Thomas Reese developed A Reader's Guide to Laudato Si' that speaks to our Franciscan charism and may assist your Fraternity in honouring our commitment to "respecting our common home". The guide goes through Pope Francis' encyclical, chapter by chapter with a short commentary on each chapter followed by a selection of discussion questions. For those of you who have not already made a study of the encyclical, Laudato Si', this would be an excellent way of taking each month one chapter to include in your On-going Formation study. - Sherrill Guimond. ofs, Regional Formation Director
As your Regional Formation Director, I hope to provide fraternities with formation ideas and material that will be useful in your local formation programs. My hope is that you will share your ideas as well so we can all benefit. Just click on the Comments Button.