Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be to me according to your word
of the Servants of Jesus
May Jesus' servant love this kind of life above all others as it draws her close to her Lord and may she be affected by the spirit of humility, silence and hiding that He requires.
Blessed Father Honorat Koźmiński
Love for love, life for life, I entrust myself to You, Lord, completely, without any reservation, with total submission to Your Most Holy Will.
Eleonora Motylowska (NR, p. 79)
We are Franciscans and we try to live in the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi. His spirituality is for us the source of our basic values. These are:
The experience of Jesus Christ
Francis clung to Jesus. First, he recognized that Jesus was a God-Man and that as a man, He suffered, was poor, was a servant, and sought sinners. Spirituality of St. Francis is thoroughly Christocentric.
Father Honorat wrote that the Franciscan spirit is a spirit of zeal that encourages us to undertake great things for God. He believed that for a person animated with such a spirit, every task is worth undertaking and completing.
Renunciation, penance, poverty
Our Blessed Founder, following the teaching of St. Francis, combined penance with humility. Both result from knowing the truth about oneself and evaluating oneself in the Divine Light. Humility leads to simplicity. We call these qualities using the Franciscan term minoritas.
Imitating Jesus Christ
Francis wanted to imitate Christ. This imitation grew out of love and led to love. Our Founder, Blessed Father Honorat, wrote that Franciscan spirit "is a seraphic spirit, derived directly from the Gospel."
St. Francis referred to the teaching of Jesus Christ, who called love of neighbor the first and greatest commandment (cf. Mt 22:37-40), and the example of the first Christians who were recognized through the way they loved each other (cf. Acts 4:32).