I am currently studying the materials for two of the final three sessions linked with Candidacy. We will be talking about those two sections next week.
After that, there's just one more session.
And then? I don't know. Will there be a profession ceremony for the two local Fraternities this summer? Will the Fraternity feel that I am indeed ready? Do I?
The Session 10 materials have got me thinking. They focus on "Public Profession."
The materials point out that profession is more than a matter of personal piety. It is a public commitment to witness the Franciscan way of life.
I certainly continually fall short when it comes to that way of life. I'm contentious, prone to sharp word and judgement, self-indulgent. My prayer life continues to be spotty, inconsistent.
Is this what a professed Franciscan should be like?
Would someone meeting me recognize me as a Franciscan?
Of course, even professing is not an end. It's part of the ongoing process of growth. A professed Franciscan must continue to study and pray and grow.
No resting on one's brown robe!
I renew my commitment to continue growing.
Daily prayer. Daily Scripture reading. Spiritual reading. Taking care that every word, every look, every action is guided by Christ's love.
Maybe I will eventually be worthy of being called a Franciscan.
Pax et bonum