Finding Inspiration in the Writings of St. Francis


mothers should attend to remaining far out of the way from every person. And through their obedience to their minister they should protect their sons



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mothers should attend to remaining far out of the way from every person. And through their obedience to their minister they should protect their sons from every individual, so that no one might converse with them.

And those sons are not to speak with any other person except with their mothers and with their minister and his custodian when it pleases them to visit with the blessing of the Lord God.

And in turn the sons should periodically switch to take on the duties of the mothers for a period of time as they have mutually arranged. In this way they might strive to observe everything said above with great solicitude.

The text supplied here was translated from Kajetan Esser’s Critical Edition



of the Writings of St. Francis of Assisi (1976) – by John Sullivan, ofm – 7/15/04
As committed as Francis was to contemplative living and fraternal life, he develops here a five-fold structured plan -
1) …which includes the “fraternal” element – a balance.

Q1. How is this realized in this Rule as Francis uses family terminology based on the Scriptures?….


2) …which embodies a penitential structure of time and resources to enhance prayer.

Q2. How is this seen in this set of directives?


3) …which has built-in change (rotation) of roles.

Q3. What rotation is expected to be carried out?


4) …The friars may speak from 9am(Terce) to noon. And to whom?

Q4. Does this differ from monastic traditions?


5) …Through the day they will pray the Divine Office as a group.

Q5. How does this serve to identify them with the Church and with the friar fraternity?





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