Imagine Yourself . . .

Have you thought of serving God as a brother, committed to living the Gospel in total obedience to Christ, without any property of your own and in chastity?  God may be calling you to walk in the sandals of St. Francis of Assisi as a Franciscan Brother of Life.  Think about it.  Pray over it.  The Lord is looking for men to stand in his place serving the unborn and their parents.  Can you see yourself waking up early to spend time in prayer, then moving along the rest of your day to a pregnancy center.  There you’ll meet men like you.  But unlike you, they are in a state of despair.  They have discovered that they are going to be fathers and they’re afraid.  Their fear is driving them to want to destroy their unborn child in the womb.  No one is there to help them sort it all out.  Won’t you be Christ’s mouth and hands?  Won’t you speak for the unborn child?  He too is our brother.  Won’t you be a brother to these fathers who are about to murder their unborn children?  Maybe you see yourself praying in front of an abortuary or praying by the bedside of someone who is sick and dying.

As a Brother of Life you will walk in the footsteps of Christ, as St. Francis did.  But you will do so among the most vulnerable:  the unborn, the sick and the elderly.  We all want them to be protected from the Culture of Death, but few men are stepping up to the plate.  If we truly believe in the Gospel of Life, then we should be willing to do as St. Francis did, to leave everything behind to follow Christ and to serve those whose lives are threatened by abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, war, infanticide and other horrors against human dignity and human life.

The Brothers of Life will not happen unless men like you step up to the plate and like Samuel say, “Here I am Lord.  I’ve come to do your will.”  You will have to sacrifice much.  This is true.  This is not an easy path to follow.  You will be asked to give up the most prized gift that a man has received from God, the right to marriage and a family.  But like Maximilian Kolbe, the patron of the Brothers, you will be laying down your life so that a father and his child will have life.  Remember, there is no greater honor and no greater love than to lay down your life for your brother.

The Brothers of Life are just emerging and we’re looking for men just like you who are interested in building something beautiful for God from the bottom up.  St. Francis began as a builder.

While praying in front of an icon of the crucified Christ in the Chapel of San Damiano in Assisi, he heard the voice of Christ say to him, “Francis, go repair my house.  Can’t you see that it has fallen into ruins?”  Christ is calling again.  His house is falling into ruins.  This time its greatest threat is the threat against human life.  The life of the unborn, the vulnerable, the sinner and the elderly are threatened every day as a matter of convenience for those who don’t see that God has a plan for all of us.  As Franciscans, we proclaim to the world that God can be trusted, that he has a plan and that plan is to give us life in abundance, here and in eternity.

If you’re interested in becoming a builder, won’t you come to the Franciscan Brothers of Life and help build this young community for Love of God, your brothers and sisters and of his entire Church?  Go to and check it out.

Brother Jay, FFV

Published in: on July 19, 2010 at 7:36 AM  Leave a Comment  

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