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Here is an updated version of the “Rule of Life and Sources” which has appeared in various forms over the years. Paula Pearce has kindly updated the sources so that they include references to the three volume work “Francis of Assisi: Early Documents”, as well as to the older “St Francis of Assisi: Omnibus of Sources”.
As we approach the “Beatitudes” Chapter which will mark the close of the year celebrating the 40th anniversary of the approval by Pope Blessed Paul VI of the OFS Rule on 24th June 1978, this is a most welcome resource.
See below for Paula’s comments on “Why go back to the Original Sources of the OFS Rule?”
Many thanks to Mags Ivatts, of Hollington fraternity, for her work in preparing the update.
This Annotated Rule of Life and Sources can be easily accessed at any time here, under: OFSGB, Documents of the Order.
To avoid any confusion what we have here is the “old” translation of the Rule. We hope that the new translation will be approved soon.
Forty years of the ‘New’ Rule, A Treasure for the OFS
We are celebrating the 40th anniversary of our Rule!
Here you will find a letter from our Minister General Tibor Kauser, regarding the anniversary. Paula Pearce says: “It may be useful when your fraternities spend some time getting to know the Rule better during the jubilee year.”
And here is Tibor in video.
This is a letter (24th June 2018) of the Secretary of State of His Holiness, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, with a message of His Holiness Pope Francis, sent on occasion of the 40th anniversary of the approval of the Rule.
Paula comments: I think everyone should know about this – it is not the best translated so I am including the other language versions: Italian, French, Spanish.
Here follows a 12-minute video, entitled, “Forty years of the ‘New’ Rule, A Treasure for the OFS”. CIOFS writes: “CIOFS is excited to send you a special gift to help you celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Rule. We have prepared a 12-minute video, entitled, “Forty years of the ‘New’ Rule, A Treasure for the OFS” which provides an historical perspective on the rule of 1978 and a beautiful summary. Please send this video link to all your national, regional and local fraternities and members. View the video and celebrate the rule together. Take some time to discuss and contemplate its message. View the video again, even while in prayer and contemplation. Celebrate this great treasure in your hearts and carry it with you throughout the day. Let us celebrate the rule, dear brothers and sisters!”
Here it is on our very own OFSGB You Tube channel (are you using our very own OFSGB YouTube channel?, do you have suggestions for videos we can add to it?), and here is the same video on CIOFS Video.
The CIOFS Formation Commission has also been at work and has “prepared small dossiers for a reflection in preparation of the 40th anniversary of our Rule. The dossiers will be proposed every week with the recommendation to share them with all OFS members of your country via whatsapp”
I have not yet seen any “dossiers” but here are a poster and eight cards, collectively entitled “The Challenge”:
W1 Do I love the Lord? (Mark 12.30)(Rule: Article 4)
W2 Do I love my neighbours? (Matthew 22.39)(Rule: Article 5)
W3 Do I avoid sin? (John 18.41)(Rule: Article 12)
W4 Do I do penance? (John 18.41)(Rule: Article 7)
W5 Do I receive the Body and Blood of Jesus? (Rule: Article 5)
W6 Do I follow Christ in the footsteps of Francis? (Rule: Article 4)
W7 Do I strive for perfect charity? (Rule: Article 2)
W8 Do I live the Gospel? (Rule: Article 4)