Franciscan Order & Values

What we believe

Guided by Example and Word

What does it mean to say one is Franciscan in their being and behavior? Below are core values that guide our words and actions each day.

We value relationships and efficiency.

Casa staff and volunteers begin with right relationship in our daily interactions with guests and each other.  We strive for efficiency, but never at the expense of relationships.
“We live out our lives in relationship because God is rational.” – St. Bonaventure

Sacred Space is essential.

Creating physical space and space within our lives for sacred conversations is essential to well-being.

Intuition is an authentic mode of knowing.

We should not allow rationality to become the servant over our intuition.
“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” — Albert Einstein

Interruptions are potential opportunities for cooperation with the Spirit.

Often, we become too entrenched in “staying the course.”  Honest interruption has the potential for enlightenment through God’s grace.
“We choose to live in the awareness that God gifts us with grace in every moment. Grace — God’s self-communication — opens our awareness to a spontaneous joy that springs forth from God’s overflowing love.”  — Angela of Foligno

Diversity and inclusivity

We welcome all. Simply put.

We trust in providence.

We recognize that every individual is specifically gifted and called to growth: spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical. God is working ALL things for good in the life of the believer.
“We believe that God loves us and seeks us out ‘just as we are,’ thus freeing ourselves from the tyranny of self-despair and endless striving to be ‘good enough’.”
— John Duns Scotus, OFM

We look to the coincidence of opposites as inspiration for answers.

St. Francis was not kind to his body. He abused it with fasting, sleep deprivation and eventually bearing the wounds of Jesus in his hands, feet and side. The idea that the body was a source of evil was more prevalent during St. Francis’ time. People practiced fasting, prayer and denial of the body as good.

Only when he was near death did St. Francis apologize to his body for abusing it and not caring for what God gave him. His apology to his body reminds us that we too can be misled, underestimate or misunderstand the magnificent gift of life we have – which includes our spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical self. We celebrate that gift with healthy choices for our entire being.

Proactive collaboration and cooperation brings better results.

Greater impact can occur when we bring all our wisdom, knowledge, and skills together, yet we retain our individual responsibility.

Joyful service to others is what we are called to do.

When we present a face of joy and hope to the hurting or lonely, we share the same energy that God wants for all of us.

The voice of the under-heard is motivation for service.

Franciscans form community first and then discern which ministry to act upon that will serve the poor, the hurting, oppressed, sick or hungry. We use our privilege and the strength of community to support others who voices are under-heard, unheard or muted.

Prayerful discernment is an essential practice.

Prayerful discernment makes use of our logic, intuition, imagination and emotions. It helps us to listen and be in harmony with God’s desires. It is an ongoing process.

Cooperation with the Spirit is a priority.

We work together cooperatively with the Holy Spirit so people can hear the Gospel in context and lives can be transformed.

The results are a gift from God.

We don’t own the results; God does. The Casa seeks to make a difference every day for those who arrive at our 25-acre campus and for the poor, unheard or under-served across the Southwest. For many of us, the impact of our work for others may never be part of our awareness.  And that is okay; God owns the results. Our only expectation is to bring Gospel concepts of spiritual growth, healing and transformation and service to those we encounter.

Therefore, let us desire nothing else, Let us want nothing else, Let nothing else please us and cause us delight except our Creator, Redeemer and Saviour — the only true God who is the fullest of good.”
— St. Francis of Assisi
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