VATICAN CITY, OCT 29, 2003 (VIS) - Made public today was a message from the Holy Father addressed to Fr. John Corriveau, general minister of the Friars Minor Capuchins, and to the religious who are celebrating the Chapter "of the Mats." The theme upon which they are reflecting is: "Reciprocal love between brothers, love for evangelical poverty, love for the Church."
"Being brothers," writes the Pope in the message dated October 22, "must characterize your conduct toward God, each other, others and all creatures. ... This particular fraternal style must reflect and favor the meaning of each one of you belonging to a big family without borders."
Referring to the second theme of reflection, "love for poverty in light of the 'minorite'," which derives from their being "friars minor," the Holy Father says that the "'minorite' requires a free heart, detached, humble, gentle and simple, as Jesus proposed to us, and as St. Francis lived."
John Paul II writes at the end that "faithful love for the Church," the third point of meditation, requires "an outlook of faith and obedience. ... May your obedience bear witness to the Church with the heart and style of your founder. It is a commitment without rest which will make you happy and conscious of giving your life for the Kingdom of God in the name of Jesus."
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