As Canadian Franciscans we can support three worthwhile initiatives during Lent:
The Way, or Stations, of the Cross
One way to link Franciscan JPIC concerns and values with a traditional form of prayer embedded in Franciscan tradition is the Way or Stations of the Cross. Blessed John Paul II introduced a new form of this prayer, called the Scriptural Way of the Cross on Good Friday 1991.This form is actually more in keeping with the OFS Rule which “adapts the Secular Franciscan Order to the needs and expectations of the Holy Church in the conditions of changing times.” (n. 3) and which also tells us to go “from gospel to life and life to gospel” (n. 4)
As the Commissariat of the Holy Land in Canada says: “The journey undertaken by Jesus during his Passion can inspire communities to discern connections between world events and what Jesus suffered with so much patience and dignity.” Scriptural Reflective Ways of the Cross, in solidarity with the minores, is a good way to do this.
By going from gospel to life, by reflecting on actual situations of injustice, by listening to the cry of the poor & cry of the earth, by prayer and engaging in concrete actions in solidarity with the poor and creation we can try to live our OFS Rule.
Recommended are the forms presented by Franciscans International (FI)I; Commissariat of the Holy Land in Canada and CCODP:
The Development & Peace/ Caritas Fast (and maybe also a fundraiser)
Pax et Bonum,
Andrew Conradi, ofs
National JPIC Animator, Canada.
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