Next Tuesday H and I have been called to meet with our fraternity council, concerning our spiritual direction, or, as the e-mail stated, to "discuss where you are and where you are going."
For us, it is simple. We are firmly pursuing life as Franciscans by following the Rule of 1221. This original rule, given by St. Francis to the laity, is basically ignored by the Secular Franciscans of today. We find that living our lives firmly rooted in the traditions and laws of our Roman Catholic faith, through the glory of the Traditional Latin Mass, we are living as, we believe, Franciscans should live. Our fraternity, and I imagine most fraternities who exist solely in accordance with the Novus Ordo Mass, the New Mass, will be forever intwined with the modernism of today. With no apologies, H and I refuse to go down that road any longer. If our paths must permanently part, so be it. In obedience, we will attend the meeting, and present our side. But we will not plead. I am not a good apologist for my faith. I cannot argue 'the good fight' like others I know. I will end this post by saying that I will follow our God wherever He leads me, even, if so, unto death. I pray always to remain completely humble and filled with the knowledge that no thought or decision I have is my own, but His who is our Father.
Please pray for us as we appear to have come to an end of one road.