With the coming of the New Year, it is common to think of new things to do and new directions to take. Perhaps sister Delio has some insights on this topic to share from her book, A Heart Full of Love. Within the Introduction, we find the following sentiments:
"...evangelical life is centered neither on work nor ministry but on how we experience the presence of God through Christ. The foundation of evangelical life is the human person and the sharing among persons of the experience of Christ. Because the human person is the fundamental focus, one can be anyplace or do anything within the framework of the gospel and still be a Franciscan because the form of Franciscan life is the form of the gospel."
As we contemplate, therefore, the direction our feet will travel in this New Year, let us also consider the most important elements of that walk. Namely, to focus on the mystical presence of God more than the presence of work or ministry; to realize that the evangelical life is a life lived with all others; to be the ones that share the union of Christ within our fellowship amongst all; to deeply accept our Franciscan vocation as one stemming from diversity amongst people in unity with God.
I do not think Francis and Clare advocated a "new" walk with God, rather, they advocate the "only" walk with God. As Paul expressed within his mystical journey, all is utter loss, except knowing Christ, and being known by Christ.