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  1. FOLLOWME

  2. THE CALL OF THE DISCIPLE Matthew 9:10-17 “He got up and followed him”

  3. MATTHEW’S CALL • A longer process? • Time for reflection • The final decision

  4. OUR CALL • Baptism • Confession, Communion • Confirmation • Life Vocation

  5. OUR CALL • Gradual or unexpected • Stumbling response

  6. APOSTLES • Failed to understand • Sent back to Galilee • Understood after Resurrection

  7. US • The Risen Lord works with us • Confirms Good News “Go, make disciples”

  8. THE WAY OF LIFE OF THE DISCIPLE Luke 10:38-42 “She sat down … and listened”

  9. DISCIPLE • On the way with Jesus • Not to fret over cares • Build God’s Kingdom

  10. DISCIPLE • Hear the Master’s word • Not idle contemplation • Results in action

  11. MARY • Disciple, listening • A woman • Jesus accepted women

  12. FOLLOWER OF CHRIST Hear God’s word and keep it: • Listen, • then act

  13. MARTHA needs to: • Listen to God’s Word as well as: • Serve people • Without complaint

  14. JESUS doesn’t contrast: • Listening / Doing • Religious life / Lay life • Contemplative / Active

  15. OUR TASK Combine Mary and Martha • Listen and act: • read the Word of God • serve others

  16. RELIGIOUS • Listen to Christ’s Word • Do His Work

  17. SECULAR FRANCISCANS • Pray: • everywhere • at particular times • Act

  18. Jesus says: “Follow ME” WHY FOLLOW SAINT FRANCIS?

  19. EVERY CHRISTIAN • is called to follow Jesus • to live a unique life • authentically

  20. FOLLOW JESUS • Many ways • Many spiritualities: Christian Catholic • Find your suitable one

  21. CATHOLIC FOUNDERSof spiritual families for example: • St Benedict of Norcia • St Ignatius Loyola • St Francis of Assisi

  22. CATHOLIC SPIRITUALITIES centred on: • GOD: Benedictine • MAN: Jesuit • GOD-MAN: Franciscan

  23. A SAINT’S SPIRITUALITY conditioned by: • Time and place • God’s gifts

  24. A SAINT’S RESPONSETO GOD • Imagining • Speaking • Approaching

  25. A SAINT’S APPROACHTO GOD • pondering • penetrating • attracted

  26. OUR CHOICE Not arbitrary: • personal • life history • family influence • education • reading, study

  27. PERSONAL • parents • temperament • gifts

  28. PERSONAL • intellectual or affective • contemplative or active • pessimistic or optimistic

  29. FRANCISCAN SPIRITUALITY

  30. ST FRANCIS • affective • idealist • optimist • practical

  31. FRANCISCANS • called to follow Christ, • in the footsteps of St Francis

  32. FRANCISCAN SPIRITUALITY positive, no regrets • centred on Jesus Christ, • Son of God • our brother • our closest friend Nothing else matters

  33. FRANCISCAN SPIRITUALITY • centred on Jesus Christ, • Transcendent God the Son • Incarnate son of God and of Mary the Virgin

  34. FRANCISCAN SPIRITUALITY THE WAY • Go to the Father • by means of the Son • in the light of the Holy Spirit

  35. FRANCISCAN SPIRITUALITY TRINITARIAN • Transcendent God • Source of life and love • One God in three Persons

  36. FRANCISCAN SPIRITUALITY EXPERIENCE GOD • in three Persons • in the Gospel

  37. FRANCISCAN SPIRITUALITY IMMANENT GOD in creation • Creator • Provider • Sustainer

  38. FRANCISCAN SPIRITUALITY IMMANENT GOD • Father and Mother • Son and brother • Spouse and friend

  39. OUR FRANCISCAN SPIRITUALITY Personal relationship with Jesus Christ: • Brother • Saviour • God leading to the Trinity

  40. OUR FRANCISCAN SPIRITUALITY Don’t ape St Francis • Develop his dispositions • Relate to Jesus personally • Be inspired by Jesus

  41. All St Francis tried to do was to be an authentic Christian

  42. ST FRANCIS INSPIRES US Don’t follow the Gospel literally, not only with ideas • Love Jesus Crucified • “he is the one I love”

  43. ST FRANCIS INSPIRES US • Hear God’s call, respond • Walk with Jesus in person • Faith in God who is Love

  44. ST FRANCIS HEARDTHE GOSPEL • Continual conversion • To Jesus, the Son • Obedient to the Father

  45. ST FRANCIS OBEYEDTHE GOSPEL • Lifelong response • renewed, redirected • in “school of suffering”

  46. MY RESPONSE “Follow me” • My particular call • My unique response

  47. MY RESPONSE Inspired by St Francis Direct approach to Jesus • to the Father, • through the Son • in the Holy Spirit