To observe the gospel means….
“Jesus Christ is the center and inspiration of our lives as Franciscans. He is the way, the truth, and the life. In Him we live and move and have our being. He clarifies our thinking with His teaching. He directs our actions with His value system. He moves our hearts with the power of His presence in our lives.
Therefore, to observe the gospel means that we live Jesus, that we make His life and teachings and values our own, just as Francis of Assisi did.”
-Benet A. Fonck, OFM, Called to Proclaim Christ
“The rule and life of the Secular Franciscans is this: to observe the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ by following the example of Saint Francis of Assisi, who made Christ the inspiration and the center of his life with God and people.”
Article 4 - Secular Franciscan Rule