We, Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, commit ourselves by profession of vows to:
Manifest God’s universal compassion through inclusive non-dominating relationships of love.
Trust in God’s Providence and live in a manner that affirms the right of all to a just share of the earth’s resources.
Discern together the voice of the Spirit that has called us to be one in our diversity.
In the spirit of Francis, Clare, and Elizabeth Hayes, we promote ever-widening circles of communion as we:
Open ourselves to a life of continued conversion in response to the call of the Gospel.
Identify with the victim, the poor and the marginalized in seeking a peace built on justice.
Reverence creation, acknowledging the right of all God’s creatures to enjoy its blessings.
Address the need within ourselves for repentance, forgiveness and healing while promoting a message of reconciliation.
Summer 2014 Reflection
On July 15th, the Franciscan family celebrates the feast of St. Bonaventure. Born in 1221 in Bagnoregio, a small hilltop town in central Italy, he was cured of a serious illness as a boy through the prayers of St. Francis of Assisi. Inspired by St. Francis and the example of the friars, especially of his master in theology at the University of Paris, Alexander of Hales, he entered the Franciscan Order, and became in turn a teacher of theology in the university. Chosen as minister general of the Order in 1257, at the behest of the brothers, he wrote a life of St. Francis and other works reflecting the vision and spirituality of Francis of Assisi.
Sr. Ilia Delio writes the following, describing Bonaventure’s belief in God’s overflowing goodness and love seen in creation.
“St. Bonaventure described the created universe as the fountain-fullness of God’s expressed being. As God expresses God’s self in creation, creation, in turn, expresses the Creator.
We can compare the manifold variety of things in creation to the stain-glassed windows of a great cathedral. Just as light strikes the various panes of glass and diffracts into an array of colors, so too the divine light emanates through the Word and diffracts in the universe, producing a myriad of “colors” expressed in a myriad of things, all reflecting the divine light in some way.”[i]
As we move through the summer months, listening to the songs of the birds, seeing the blossoms of beautiful flowers, tasting the fruits of our gardens, experiencing God’s presence in all we meet, may we savor God’s overflowing goodness and love for us and for our world.