Franciscans Charism Presented by Leonel Aruajo, OFM and Joseph Koh, OFM Kairos 2005. Content. What is Charism? Story of Francis Story of Clare Symbols of Franciscans Franciscans in Oceania & E.Timor Ministries in Modern Times Conclusion. What is Charism?. In General
Leonel Aruajo, OFM and Joseph Koh, OFM
"The Rule and Life of the Friars Minor is this, namely, to observe the Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ."
The charism of Franciscans was simply to live the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
…filled with security and peace, knowing that the Divine Child dwells among them in the Most Blessed Sacrament and He will always defend them.
How did it begin?
prominent young man with bright future
Poorly dressed, ugly, deformed
no social status
God in him
it is only in emptying ourselves as Jesus did that God can enter our lives, and fill the emptiness with his love and goodness.
Scholars speculate that Francis attended the Fourth Lateran Council (1215) where he heard Pope Innocent III use the Ezekiel reference in the opening liturgy.So it is basically a call to repentance and support for those who are troubled. The symbolism seems as apt today as it was in the time of Saint Francis and all the way back to Ezekiel.