Saturday, March 16, 2013

Letter of the Franciscan General Minister on behalf of All Religious to Pope Francis

NOTE: Br. Jose Rodriguez Carballo, OFM, General Minister of the Franciscan Order, also serves as President of the Union of Superiors General.  This is his letter to Our Holy Father Francis upon his election as Supreme Pontiff. - FT

Letter from the President of USG to Pope Francesco

Your Holiness, Both Religious and Consecrated life sings gratefully to the Lord on hearing of your election as Father and Pastor of the universal Church. In the days leading up to your election, all Religious and Consecrated of the entire world have prayed earnestly to the Lord to give us a Shepherd after his own heart. Today in St. Peter’s Square we were hundreds and hundreds of Religious and Consecrated Persons of all ages, races, and cultures, awaiting the good news: Habemus Papam. At the sound of your name, hearing your words, and seeing the gestures that accompanied your first appearance in public, we were filled with joy, hope and gladness.
Your Holiness, count on both Religious and Consecrated life. You know it well, because your are one of us. You love it, for it is your life as well. You know our weaknesses and possibilities. Help us, Most Holy Father, with your Magisterium to live out our vocation and mission in the Church and the world, in fidelity to Christ, to the Gospel, to our own charisms, and the people of today. Teach us, Holy Father, to live the Gospel with simplicity and radicalness as Saint Francis lived it, because in this way we may also rebuild the church, as the Little Poor Man of Assisi did.
On behalf of all the Religious and Consecrated Persons, as President of the Union of Superiors General, I greet you, and, if I am allowed, embrace you with filial and devoted affection. Long is the way that you must journey, which is not always easy. Yet, you are not alone. We will follow you with love and obedience.
As I assure of our humble and trusting prayer, on behalf of all Religious and Consecrated Persons, I kindly ask you, Holy Father, to impart your Apostolic Blessing.
Your most devoted son in Christ Jesus
Br. José Rodríguez Carballo, ofm
Minister General, Order of Friars Minor
March 13, 2013 – Rome

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