Joy is a charism of the Common Friars. Below is an excerpt from our Rule of Life that explains our current understanding of what that means. 

 We are called to live into the joy of the Incarnation. Jesus tells us that we are blessed and that the Kingdom of God is among us. We must not forget the evil that exists in the world. We must do so knowing the poor, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure of heart, the peacemakers, and the persecuted are blessed.  Knowing that God is in everything, we must learn to walk, sit, and speak with that blessed assurance. Knowing that the Kingdom is amongst us, we must become practiced in seeing it. We will not walk about dismal, but with a quiet confidence, a resonant joy.

Common Friars Rule of Life, Joy 2010

                                                                      Photo by Dan Krauss


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