Alive with Franciscan joy

Many Parts, All One Body

Friday, September 09, 2011

VisionMagCoverI just received the Vision Magazine and am amazed at the number of religious communities we have throughout the United States.

Though we hold the mission of Jesus as our capstone we are unique in our way of life.  Each religious community comes at it from a different angle. A community's charism is based on its history, traditions, ministries and prayer life.  The different style or charisms took shape because of the specific social needs of the time in which they began.

Today, we find four main religious lifestyles - contemplative, evangelical, apostolic, and monastic -- four unique and rewarding ways to share the love of Jesus with the world.  As Sisters of St. Francis we live the evangelical life, rooted in the Cross, Word and Eucharist.

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