When we read the words of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, we cannot help but think about our Seraphic Father St. Francis of Assisi. The Rule and Constitutions of the Secular Franciscan Order exhort us to follow in their footsteps: |
Rule 11: Secular Franciscans should pledge themselves to live the spirit of the Beatitudes, and in a special way, the spirit of poverty. Evangelical poverty demonstrates confidence in the Father, creates interior freedom, and disposes them to promote a more just distribution of wealth.
Constitutions: Secular Franciscans should pledge themselves to reduce their own personal needs so as to be better able to share spiritual and material goods with their brothers and sisters, especially those most in need. They should give thanks to God for the goods they have received, using them as good stewards and not as owners."