Just a reminder for everyone interested in our Order.
The Companions of Jesus have no Rule other than the Gospel and our Franciscan Brother, Richard Rohr OFM, explains succinctly the reason why this is!
Br. Michael Daly CJ.
Taken from 'The Marrow of the Gospel'. Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation......... "Many people who are not officially Franciscans are followers of Francis and have rediscovered again and again what can only be called radical simplification. I think of people like Thérèse of Lisieux, Charles de Foucald, Dorothy Day, Vincent de Paul, Seraphim of Sarov, thousands of Catholic and Protestant missionaries, Mother Teresa, and, most recently, Pope Francis. The way of Francis of Assisi cannot be contained inside of formal Franciscanism simply because it is nothing more than the Gospel itself--in a very distilled and honest form.
Francis says it this way: "The Rule and the life of the Friars Minor is simply to live the Gospel." In fact, the first Rule that he wrote in 1221 is simply a stringing together of a whole bunch of quotes from the New Testament. He sent it off to Rome, and the Pope looked at it and said in effect, "This is no Rule of Life. This is just the Gospel."
I can just hear Francis saying, "Yes, that's the point. It is just the Gospel. We don't need any other Rule except the Gospel." In his "Testament," he says Franciscanism is nothing other than "the marrow of the Gospel." He said our life is simply to live the Gospel, to get to the core of what Jesus taught. Honestly, the core of the Gospel is so simple that it's hard to live. It's so clear that the mind almost insists on making it complicated, doctrinal, and abstract--so we can argue about it. Even Francis had to add some niceties to his Rule to make it more acceptable to the Roman system before it could be approved in 1223."
Extract taken from Article by Richard Rohr OFM © 2015 Center for Action and Contemplation