This week, we celebrate the feastday of Saint Francis of Assisi (October 4th), well known throughout the Church for his dedication to the Lord’s will, his love for the poor and his detachment from material possessions. While he has long been a popular saint, he has received even more attention since Our Holy Father chose the name Francis.
St. Francis is, as you might guess, an extremely important intercessor for our community. Mother Angelica founded our community as Franciscan for several reasons. One was that we were to become a spiritual support for the Poor Clares (Franciscans) who were already here in Birmingham. The second was because of the evangelical spirit of the Franciscans, following in the footsteps of St. Francis. We too would go out and witness to the Gospel to the masses–though in the 21st century our ministry takes place mainly through the radio, television and internet!
We also adhere to the Rules and Admonitions of St. Francis himself. Within the admonitions we find inspiration for practicing the virtues of patience, obedience, poverty of spirit and a host of others. We strive to glory not in our own works, but in the Cross of Jesus Christ. We try to imitate the Lord in His love for every person and His willingness to sacrifice. Franciscans have been following these admonitions for centuries and it is through them that we live out our religious life. You can read the full admonitions here.
Take some time today to learn more about St. Francis of Assisi and the many communities of men and women that have followed his charism. If you feel called to learn more about our particular community, and even to discern with us, we invite you to learn more about vocations here.