Good advice from Bonnie.
Some individuals feel drawn to do a service for their brothers and sisters who are in need. They find themselves at charities or soup kitchens helping out, or after visiting a friend at the hospital, they are inclined to stop at the hospital lounge to chat with an ill stranger to boost their spirit. They tend to be spontaneous when a task is urgent and take the initiative. While they are doing Christ’s work in emulation of him, you will always find these people with a smile and content in doing their contribution. They will politely refuse any compensation, but their hearts find joy if they receive a simple thank you.
I feel these are more attuned to a calling to the order. They have the seed of a particular charism that needs to be expressed, and experiences shared among other Sons of God such as found in the Franciscan order. Indeed, we are so because our mandate is to emulate Christ in every way.
The meetings, even though they may be monthly, are the summation of the “days” work as it was in Francis’s time. We get together and share our experience and talk about our private revelations, or about how a certain scriptural passage moves us. We sit in a circle around our candle placed in the center of the circle. For us it is our hearth of those years gone by. It is also that central “tongue of fire” where the Holy Spirit presides. One has a musical instrument and we sing along spiritual songs. We talk about what needs to be done in the world,(the Franciscan Job Jar), and our accomplishments and what other fraternities are organizing. These are just a few of the typical proceedings at the meetings, and of course not to forget a little snack and coffee later.
The Lord as graced us by assigning as it’s protector, of all the Saints, the Holy Mother herself, and we look forward in celebrating her feast day and offering our prayers to her.
I would suggest that you simply come for visits and just see for yourself. Everyone is welcome. Perhaps in time you will find it is exactly what you wanted.
I hope so.