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November 18, 2005

Wronged the true remnant…

Filed under: Morning Star — Bruce @ 12:21 pm

Wronged the true remnant every day,
others cry over their voices,
“You can’t love what Francis wrote,
and not the modern choices!”

Every effort to persuade Franciscan leaders to give permission to SFO members to live the life of the First Rule within the SFO failed. It did not matter who was spoken to; whether SFO member, brother, sister or friar. It was deemed a completely unacceptable modern approach to being a lay Franciscan. The standard answer given was that the First Rule of the Third Order of St. Francis, 1221, which was factually given to us by St. Francis himself, was abrogated, i.e. cancelled, not just tabled, by the new, modern, Rule of the Third Order of St. Francis, the Pauline Rule of 1978. Hence it no longer existed, so how could it be lived?

These confrontations were not pleasant; nor handled smoothly. The Franciscan leaders were completely blunt. Those behind the movement to return to living the First Rule of the Third Order of St. Francis were labeled as ‘trouble makers’, and ‘divisive’ before the entire SFO. They were told to accept and love the modern Rule, and that they would neither be supported in living the disciplines of the First Rule themselves, nor could they gather a group of people together under the Pauline Rule to do so. Hence, every effort to form the BSP within the SFO was thwarted by the SFO leaders.

So, perhaps that is why the Lord asked that a group be formed that lived according to the First Rule. He wanted it done.