Minister’s Message – “Who We Are”
(This article originally appeared in the Fall 2021 Issue #104 of the TAU-USA)
By Jan Parker, OFS
Three years ago, I made a Visitation to Tau Cross Regional Fraternity. Something happened during that visit that made quite an impact, and I have remembered it ever since. Our ongoing formation topic that day was the OFS Rule. I was interested in what the Rule meant to those gathered, so I handed out blank postcards and asked everyone to write down three words – just three words – to describe the Rule. After a few moments, I collected the cards, and then chose some to share with the group.
As I looked through the cards, there were many good responses. One said:
Gospel. Life. Penance.
Someone else had an interesting take and wrote:
Spiritual. Orderly. Concise.
But one card stood out among all the others. In large letters it simply said,
Who we are.
I smiled, because to me those three words describe our Rule perfectly. Ever since that day, I have kept that card
inside my little red Rule book as a reminder that this is my goal – to make the Rule “who I am.” Read more . . .