Translations:Order of Francis and Clare/4/en

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I would speak to you of our motto, which I would say today as Obedience, as Poverty, as Chastity.[1] May I speak upon these for a moment. For the obedience of our order is to the one we call Love—Christ. Obedience to Love in the person of Christ in every Ascended Master and not Jesus alone. Obedience to the inner Light and the inner Calling—the foundation of those who walk in commemoration of the World Teachers.

  1. The Franciscan Order of Friars Minor (the “little brothers”) was founded by Saint Francis in 1209 “to follow the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ and to walk in his footsteps.” Francis wrote: “The Rule and life of the Friars Minor is this, namely, to observe the Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ by living in obedience, without property, and in chastity.” In 1212, when Clare, a young devotee of noble birth, determined to follow his way of life, Francis began a second order for women, which became known as the Poor Clares (or the Order of Saint Clare). Around 1221, he established the Third Order of Brothers and Sisters of Penance, a lay fraternity for those who did not wish to withdraw from the world or take religious vows but desired to live by Franciscan precepts.