“With all creatures the brothers and sisters should praise the Ruler of heaven and earth,
and give thanks because…God created all
things spiritual and material.”
-Third Order Rule III: 10
Living simply is our expression for the Franciscan core value of poverty. Living in poverty means that we continually recognize that absolutely everything is a gift from God and as such we are owners of nothing. Living poverty calls us to be good stewards of our gifts, to be in solidarity with the longings of those who are poor, and to seek justice for the earth and all her creatures. As a core value living simply permeates our lives and ministry as do the other core values of conversion of heart, contemplation and minority.
We, sisters and associates, love creation, seeing in creation the very fingerprints of God. We are committed to caring for Mother Earth and seek to heal the causes of her wounds. On a daily basis we strive to live simply, reduce our consumption of the earth’s resources and reduce our carbon footprint.
As a specific example of living simply, let us highlight our commitment to healing the sources of Mother Earth’s wounds. We reverence and preserve all of God’s creation. We commit ourselves to address the sources of Mother Earth’s wounds.
Endeavors that reflect our commitment to Mother Earth.