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A Reflection Written for a TSSF Local Group (From material by Stephen Innes OFM Cap) THE CHALLENGE- Ultimately, Francis’ love, holiness, humility, penance, poverty, obedience,...

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Who Was St Francis ?

Who Was St Francis ?

A son of a rich merchant, a playboy, a soldier, a prisoner of war all of these and then life changed. Francis had a call from God to ‘rebuild his church’. Francis forsook his previous life and lived instead a life dedicated to God. Read more….. Other heard his message and came to join him. This was the very beginning of the Franciscan Orders.

The San Damiano Cross you see on the left was hanging in the church where he heard the call. It now hangs in the Bascilica of the poor Clares in Assisi.

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Find out why St Francis is so relevant to our lives today and explore how we continue, lay, ordained, single, in committed relationships, to live out Franciscan principles in fellowship in this world. See if God is calling you to join us.

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New To The Third Order?

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Our Three Aims

To make our Lord known and loved everywhere

To make our Lord known and loved everywhere

Spread the spirit of love and harmony

Spread the spirit of love and harmony

To live simply and to share with others

To live simply and to share with others

The Daily Principle


Day Twenty Eight — The Third Note Joy

Tertiaries, rejoicing in the Lord always, show in our lives the grace and beauty of divine joy. We remember that we follow the Son of Man, who came eating and drinking, who loved the birds and the flowers, who blessed little children, who was a friend to tax collectors and sinners and who sat at the tables of both the rich and the poor. We delight in fun and laughter, rejoicing in God’s world, its beauty and its living creatures, calling nothing common or unclean. We mix freely with all people, ready to bind up the broken‐hearted and to bring joy into the lives of others. We carry within us an inner peace and happiness, which others may perceive, even if they do not know its source.