I am in the orientation phase of becoming part of the Secular Franciscan Order. This orientation phase is three months followed by about 6 months of an inquiry phase and then candidacy which is 18 to 36 months. So there is atleast three years before becoming a professed member of the SFO. I have always had a great love for Francis even when I was young because I knew of his love for animanls and nature. This love for him grew as I met some of his brothers(the Franciscans) at St.Peters Church in downtown Chicago. Just to examine one of these simple brothers and how they live their lives was a great inspiration to me. Getting to know some of them was an even greater blessing. After reading a little on Francis and going to some SFO meetings I want to make a list of words that describe to me of what being a Franciscan is all about. Here is my list:
Love for Creation
Catious of Study
Setting by Example
There are so many more. If you know of any please leave me a note below.