Pace e Bene!
Inaugurated in the fall of 2018 by David Haas, The Order of Baptized Franciscans (OBF) is an Ecumenical, Internet/Facebook community of baptized men and women who seek spiritual connection and solidarity with the progressive vision of Francis and Clare of Assisi. We reject the “Birdbath Franciscanism” that has often diminished the prophetic and radical vision of the Franciscan message, which is the prayer-centered and social gospel-focused proclamation and transformation found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
While we use the word “Order” we are by no means an official or canonical order of any particular Christian denomination. Unlike many corners of Franciscanism – we are an ecumenical, non-structured group. There is no structured “rule,” other than to seek to pull in close the “progressive” wisdom and spirituality of Francis and Clare in our lives, and to share what we have learned with each other.
Our grounding “text” or “rule” is articulated and steeped in the book, “Eager to Love” by Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM (published by Franciscan Media).
We pray for one another. We hold each other up. We surrender to a discipleship that is both personal and communal, engaged in the world. Our baptism is central, and we renounce archaic clericalism. While this group is not intended to be “political” in the usual understanding of this word, we ARE committed to the advancement of “God’s politics;” dedicated to the poor and vulnerable and the issues of peace and justice; the safe guarding of creation; inter-religious dialogue; and to the promotion of both personal and communal ritual and prayer grounded in the best spiritual and liturgical practices and that of Franciscan spirituality.
We are “eager to love.”
So through this page, we support one another to be the Body of Christ in the mindset of Francis and Clare through the sharing of Franciscan wisdom, prayers, meditations, articles, sung prayer, and insights. All are invited to “join” by simply “applying” to our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/536829016782396/
Our offerings and our responses/posts to what is shared on this page is always to be loving and supportive. Our attitude and tone here is to be positive and open to the workings of the Spirit, inspired by the witness of Francis and Clare.
David’s most recent book on Franciscan Spirituality:
With the exception of Jesus himself, it is difficult to name a figure in the story of Christianity that is more compelling than the little poor man of Assisi. The spirit of St. Francis transcends the journey of his life on earth – the Franciscan story continues to capture and release disciples and believers from not only the Christian story, but also amidst spiritual seekers from a galaxy of religious traditions.
In this book, David has provided a structure of prayer, as well as provide other patterns, rituals, practices, reflections and insights, so that individually and in community, we can come to know Francis better and make his journey, his unique charism and wisdom, part and parcel of our own spiritual life.
David’s most recent CD of music for the liturgy and for your personal spiritual journey, celebrating his passion for Franciscan Spirituality.
Take Nothing for the Journey was a labor of love for composer David Haas. He has been captivated by Franciscan spirituality since childhood. Over the years this draw deepened and was nurtured by Franciscans who have walked with him on his journey.
Whether used in your liturgical celebrations or for your personal spiritual journey, the songs in this collection are meant to strengthen the love of God’s faithful and to inspire others to discover the divine fire found in the hearts of saints Francis and Clare. They are a reflection of and tribute to the lives these two saints lived—their care for others, the earth, and all its creatures.
Songs include: Take Nothing for the Journey + Love Above All + Come, Holy Spirit + My God and My All + Bound to Follow Jesus + I Belong + Pax et Bonum (Peace and All Good) + When Did We See You? + Perfect Charity + A Single Sunbeam + There is No Fear in Love + Lord, Take Me (Mychal Judge Prayer) + There’s a Sweet Spirit + An Instrument of Your Peace + We Become What We Love + Let Us Desire Nothing Else + Prayer to Our Lady + Where There Is … + The Babe of Bethlehem + Eager We Are to Love + All Praise to You, Most High (Canticle of the Creatures) + I Want to Choose Life + Go Calmly in Peace
Whether or not you “join up” with our merry band of Franciscans, consider praying along with Francis and Clare with David’s new Rosary resource: “My God and My All: Praying the Rosary with Francis and Clare.”
The printed music for David’s new and already popular setting of the Prayer of St. Francis, “An Instrument of Your Piece” is now available from GIA Publications! To order, click here:
Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace | David Haas
Enjoy David’s presentation at the 2019 Annual Summer Institute for Christian Spirituality at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas: “The Prayer of St. Francis: A Path from Fear to Faith.”
FRANCISCAN COMMUNITIES & CENTERS
(click on these communities for their websites; they are also all on Facebook)
Franciscan Action Network
Franciscan Renewal Center, Scottsdale, AZ
Franciscans for Justice
Conventual Franciscans/Holy Cross Retreat Center, Mesilla Park, NM
Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph, Detroit, MI
Franciscan Sisters in Wheaton, IL
Conventual Franciscans Province of Our Lady of Consolation
Franciscan Sisters in Dubuque, IA
Order of Lutheran Franciscans
Franciscan Sisters in Little Falls, MN
Secular Franciscans USA
Franciscan Sisters/Assisi Heights, Rochester, MN
Franciscan Retreat Center, Prior Lake, MN
Conventual Franciscan Friars Australia
Franciscan Saint of the Day Group
RECOMMENDED BOOKS ON FRANCISCAN SPIRITUALITY
Eager to Love (Richard Rohr, OFM)
Francis of Assisi: A Model for Human Liberation (Leonardo Boff)
Finding Francis, Following Christ (Michael Crosby, OFM Cap)
The Franciscan Saints (Robert Ellsberg)
The St. Francis Prayer Book (Jon Sweeney)
The St. Clare Prayer Book (Jon Sweeney)
Clare of Assisi: A Heart Full of Love (Ilia Delio, OSF)
The Tenderness of God: Reclaiming Our Humanity (Gillian Ahlgren)
Live Like Francis: Reflections on Franciscan Life in the World (Jovian Weigel, OFM and Leonard Foley, OFM)
Francis and Clare: A True Story (Jon Sweeney)
Saint Francis of Assisi: Brother of Creation (Mirabai Starr)
Franciscan Prayer (Ilia Delio, OSF)
Francis of Assisi: A New Biography (Augustine Thompson)
Surrounded by Love: Seven Teaching from Saint Francis (Murray Bodo, OF(M)