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CONFERENCE OF GENERAL SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS OFS – YOUFRA


2016 -1                                                                                     Year 23                                                                                     n. 89

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MERCY: TRANSFORMING GRACE AND MISSION


The four series of Koinonia this year will concentrate on the theme of mercy, as gift that comes from God, to transform the life of Christians, directing them towards the mission which consists in being “Merciful like the Father” (MV 13). 1

The following are the topics of articles which will be presented:

Koinonia 2016-1: The Jubilee of Mercy and the Pardon of Assisi.
Koinonia 2016-2: To live Mercy in Fraternity.
Koinonia 2016-3: OFS and the Works of Mercy in History.
Koinonia 2016-4: OFS and the Works of Mercy today.


JUBILEE OF MERCY AND THE PARDON OF ASSISI
Fr. Martín Bitzer, OFMConv

Introduction

The intuition and the intention to convoke an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy by Pope Francis, - the highest expression of the style with which he is carrying out his Petrine ministry – brings our minds immediately to the saint of Assisi, who wished that divine pardon and mercy reached all, and not only a privileged few.

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2015 - 2                                         Year 22                                   no. 86

 

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THE IMPORTANCE OF THE FAMILY FOR THE OFS AND FOR THE YOUFRA


THE FAMILY IN THE RULE AND GENERAL CONSTITUTIONS OF THE OFS
Fr. Martín Bitzer, OFMConv


Introduction

The fact that a rule so small as that of the Secular Franciscans devotes an entire article (17) to the family, tells us of the importance of family in the life of a Secular Franciscan.1
The family is an essential part in the "form of life" of every Secular Franciscan. The OFS Constitutions reaffirm this idea when they say: “Secular Franciscans should consider their own family to be the first place in which to live their Christian commitment and Franciscan vocation.” (Const. OFS 24.1)
This article has two parts. In the first we present the text of the Rule which speaks of the family and we offer our comment about it.
Considering, then, that the General Constitutions of the OFS are the application of what is contained in the Rule in its details, we think that only reading the texts constitutes the best commentary on what the family is as contained briefly in the Rule. And so we decided to quote the texts of the Constitutions dealing with the topic without giving an explanation.

 

 

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CONFERENCE OF OFS GENERAL SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS -- YOUFRA

2014 4

Year 21

no. 84

       

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 EVANGELII GAUDIUM

 

PEACE AND SOCIAL DIALOGUE

Br. José Antonio Cruz Duarte, OFM

 

In this short article we want to re-read the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium by Pope Francis, from no. 217 up to n. 258, pointing out two important elements of the social dimension of evangelization: peace, as a fruit of the Spirit,[1] and the dialogue, as a path for evangelization.

 

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2015 - 1                                         Year 22                                   no. 85

 

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THE IMPORTANCE OF THE FAMILY FOR THE OFS AND FOR THE GIFRA

 

Introduction

 

From October 5 to October 19, 2014, it was celebrated in Vatican the Extraordinary Synod about the family, in which the main theme was: The pastoral challenges on the family in the context of evangelization. In this Synod, the Church, with the pastoral guidance of Pope Francis, dedicated another moment of reflection and pastoral attention to the family, together with prayers.

The members of the Secular Franciscan Order (OFS), as Saint Francis‘s sons and daughters, wish to satisfy the mission of the Church For the next six years, in fact, among the priorities of the OFS, it is rightly that about the family (cf.. Conclusions of the General Chapter OFS, Assisi 1 to 8 November 2014).

Giving voice to the OFS of the whole world, the four numbers of Koinonia of this year 2015 will focus their articles in the importance of the Family for the OFS and for the YouFra.

In this first number, Br Francis Bongajum Dor, OFMCap, will consider the theme of the family in the Magisterium of the Church, since the Second Vatican Council until today. In the second number, Br. Martin Bitzer, OFMConv, will consider the family in the Rule and General Constitutions of the OFS. The third number, edited by Fr. Amando Trujillo Cano, TOR, will be dedicated to the pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization. Finally, the fourth number, edited by José Antônio Duarte Cruz, OFM, will focus on the vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world.

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CONFERENCE OF OFS GENERAL SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS -- YOUFRA
2014 – 3    Year 21    no. 83



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