Motivated by the power of the gospel, Secular Franciscans are called to unfold the living Christ and bring his message to all people regardless of age, race, creed, economic status, or the like. Especially worthy of consideration are the displaced persons and the unchurched and others in situations which make it difficult for them to appreciate what the Church is trying to do to reveal the presence of Christ and safeguard their God-given rights and dignity.

Benet A Fonck OFM : Called to Follow Christ

Calling, Discernment, Quotes, The Rule, Vocation

Called to Follow Christ

Secular Franciscans seek the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ in the world around us.  His presence is something truly felt, it is very real, he guides our path as we travel through life with him and for him.  And we are called by St Francis and St Clare to show Christ-like qualities to others. We are drawn to see others with Christ’s eyes.  To see those in need, those in pain and those who hurt.

Every face you glanced at today was the face of someone God loves and cherishes.

We live in this world and it’s where we come to know the presence of Christ.  We hope to share the glory, wonder and love of Jesus with others we meet day-to-day by being little sermons, and examples of Christ by the way we live our lives.

We live in this world, it’s our environment, it’s where we meet with our brothers and sisters, it’s where we rebuild the Church and it’s here where we share the Blood and Body of Christ in the Eucharist.

Thoughts & Reflections:



Secular Franciscans, therefore, should seek to encounter the living and active person of Christ in their brothers and sisters, in Sacred Scripture, in the Church, and in liturgical activity. The faith of St. Francis, who often said, “I see nothing bodily of the Most High Son of God in this world except His most holy body and blood,” should be the inspiration and pattern of their Eucharistic life.

This Rule explains that we can meet Christ throughout the day:

  • in our brothers and sisters
  • in Scripture
  • in the Church
  • in prayer
  • in the Eucharist


  1. Is there one situation or place where you’re particularly draw to meet with Christ? Why?
  2. Where or when do you find it most difficult to feel his presence?  Why?
  3. How does being a Secular Franciscan help you encounter Our Lord Jesus Christ??
  4. Have their been moments in your life when you’ve particularly known the living and active presence of Christ was with you.
  5. How do you think Francis or Clare might have answered these questions?

Elizabeth is a member of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. She has had an interest in Franciscan Spirituality for over 20 years.