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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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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 Ten — The Third Aim To live simply.

The first Christians surrendered completely to our Lord and recklessly gave all that they had, offering the world a new vision of a society in which a fresh attitude was taken towards material possessions. This vision was renewed by Saint Francis when he chose Lady Poverty as his bride, desiring that all barriers set up by privilege based on wealth should be overcome by love. This is the inspiration for the third aim of the Society, to live simply.