This reflection is now available in Daniel P. Horan, OFM’s book Franciscan Spirituality for the 21st Century: Selected Reflections from the Dating God Blog and Other Essays, Volume One (Koinonia Press, 2013).



  1. Wow, I had no idea that was so explicitly written into the Constitution! Are those words also in the Constitution for the Secular Franciscans?

    1. I know, right! Yes, as a matter of fact. It is found most explicitly in Art. 22, Sec. 3. Here is the entire article for context:

      Article 22

      1. Rule 15 Secular Franciscans should “be in the forefront … in the field of public life.” They should collaborate as much as possible for the passage of just laws and ordinances.

      2. The fraternities should engage themselves through courageous initiatives, consistent with their Franciscan vocation and with the directives of the Church, in the field of human development and justice. They should take clear positions whenever human dignity is attacked by any form of oppression or indifference. They should offer their fraternal service to the victims of injustice.

      3. The renunciation of the use of violence, characteristic of the followers of Francis, does not mean the renunciation of action. However, the brothers and sisters should take care that their interventions are always inspired by Christian love.

      Also, see Art. 23., sec. 2 on conscientious objection and the refusal to bear arms.

  2. And also, now I’m curious: During the draft, surely many Third Order Franciscans were drafted. What did they do? Are there any writings about them?

    1. Sonja, I think you’re on to something. I’m not immediately aware of any writing on the subject, but I too am very curious. It would certainly make for a great study!

  3. Dear Dan,
    This is an issue that needs stirring up in every generation with the hope that some day we actually will put paper words back into action. Peacemaking and non-violence are no doubt a major reason for our ftiar minor existence and history and should be a major thrust of our friar minor ministry today. Thank you for reaching down deeply into the thisness of Franciscanism and responding to the voice of Francis.

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