Rule of Life
The Brothers and Sisters of the Franciscan Order of the Divine Mercy commit to the General Rule, a modern interpretation of the 1223 Rule of St. Francis.
The Holy Eucharist:
Since we see the Eucharist as the heart of our prayer, our personal rule would call us to frequent participation in this Sacrament.
Simplicity of Living:
Simplicity calls us to examine our giving of self as well as the material things over which we have control. Our cluttered lives, our preoccupations with “belonging”, can interfere in our relationships with God and our brothers and sisters. We are called to a life of simplicity, eliminating those aspects of ourselves and our lives which prevent our full expression of God’s love.
We set aside a definite time for prayer each day to spend time with God, to pray for others, to meditate and to express our thankfulness. Prayer is the root from which our lives and ministries grow and are nourished.
Penitence and Reflection:
Regular examination of our obedience to Christ is necessary. To be reconcilers we must first be deeply reconciled to God. We practice daily self-examination and regular use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Make individual confession at least twice a year.
This is the discipline of saying “No” to oneself by putting God first. We are often aware of the places in our lives where additional self- discipline is needed, but our Spiritual Directors should be asked to help in this area. We also focus on eliminating the ways we may manipulate others to our own ends.
Education and Study:
We all need to learn more about God and His will for us. Study of the Scriptures and of Franciscan spirituality is important to our Christian growth. We also encourage our brothers and sisters to continue in Seminary and to take a CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) class.
To be obedient to the decisions of the Bishops, Minister General and our Order. To say the Daily Offices, daily prayer, attendance when possible to all events. We report regularly to our Bishops and Minister General (Spiritual Directors) to talk about our struggles and our vocational lesions. Follow the confessions of the Orthodox Anglo-Catholic Communion. To pledge assistance of financial support to our Order if needed and if in the means of the member to do so.
The Franciscan Order of the Divine Mercy follows the creeds and confessions of the Orthodox Anglo-Catholic Communion and it's Churches and invite other Christian faiths to follow an Ecumenical Christian path. Our order is a diverse group with members’ church affiliations including Catholic, Lutheran, Protestant and other denominations, as well as other Anglican communions. We are an order of men and women who are dedicate in following the footsteps of Saint Francis.