"I here present ask to enter this fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order, so that I may live more intensely and faithfully the grace and dedication of my Baptism by following Jesus Christ according to the teachings and example of St. Francis of Assisi. In this way I intend to be of service to all through my secular state of life for the glory of God and to fulfill his plan of love on behalf of all people." (From the Ritual of the Secular Franciscan Order)
Last night my SFO fraternity welcomed a new candidate to the SFO, with great joy, a beautiful ceremony, laughter, sharing on how we came to the SFO, and a good deal of encouragement from the pastor.
Thanks be to God!