A Franciscan Creed
Inspired by the vision of St. Francis,
we commit ourselves to the Gospel as our way of life.
Our world view is centered in Christ,
we see Jesus Christ as the beginning, the way and the goal of all
creation. This world vision reveals to us a God who is Father and
a life which is love. This demands of us a life as brothers and
sisters of all people and of creation.
We are on a pilgrimage, trying to
reach our Father, trying to live a life of love. We have not yet
arrived; we are sinners, but we are called to be saints.
As sinners, weak human beings, we
must undergo a continuing conversion, returning always to the Father
as prodigal sons and daughters. Christ was poor and Christ was crucified;
we seek to share in his poorness and in his suffering. We further
commit ourselves to the service of the poor.
In making our way through life, we
are guided more by simplicity, humility and littleness rather than
by power, prestige and status.
Like Christ, like Francis, we seek
to become instruments of peace, peacemakers. Acknowledging the guiding
presence of the Holy Spirit, we declare our loyalty to the Church
in a spirit of dialogue and cooperation with her ministers and shepherds.
We are conscious of our obligation
to share in the life and mission of the Church. We are lay apostles
called by Christ to continue his work on earth. Our life and our
spirituality however, are characteristically secular, in the world
and for the world.
Joy sustains our lives, fulfills
our living, we seek the same for others.
To achieve all this is difficult;
hence we declare our need for Christ’s Eucharist, for personal,
communal and liturgical prayer.1969 Assisi Third Order Congress