Francis of Assisi produced no handbook in the art of spiritual direction. His life experience, however, and his spiritual journey provide us with an outstanding example of someone who has walked the path of Christian discipleship. He came to learn to make room for the Lord in his life. His ear became attuned to the voice of the Lord and the promptings of the Spirit. He readily turned to the Lord to discover the sense of what was happening to him and how he was being called to serve God and others. He came to experience a deep and enduring peace within his heart and to know that it was purely a gift from God. Desiring to share this gift with all, he was accustoming to greet everyone with the words Pax et Bonum, Peace and Good.
Francis of Assisi gave birth to a movement with a rich spiritual tradition that has been warmly embraced by men and women, lay people and clergy, Christians and non Christians alike. Our programme taps the riches of this spiritual heritage, and the site of our programme is imbued with the Franciscan spirit. Our programme is truly Franciscan.
Our programme is also Ecumenical. Francis of Assisi lived and flourished in the 13th Century. The well springs of the richness of the Franciscan tradition predate the divisions in the Christian Church that were introduced during the reformations that began in the 16th Century. Our programme is based on the recognition of the sacred ground of every individual.
Francis of Assisi understood God as the source of all good. He grasped the harmonious network of relationships within creation, such that all creatures were sisters and brothers to one another as they all have one and the same loving Father.
Thus, we call our programme ecumenical in that it welcomes participants from all Christian denominations, and it is characterised by an inclusive and all encompassing spirit and leads to accompanying others on their distinctive journey of faith.