We are Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate (FFI), consecrated to Her by a religious vow, in order that She conform us to Christ in the “most beautiful, pleasant, and certain way” (St. Maximilian M. Kolbe, SK 1299), and deign to use us as Her instruments in Her mission of winning all souls for the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Her universal mission is directed to every man, in every place, by every licit means. Because we have offered ourselves to Her as Her instruments, our apostolate cannot exclude any person, place, or means.
This was the intuition of St. Maximilian M. Kolbe, which took him to Japan as a missionary, and led him to use the mass media as a way of leading souls to the Immaculate, and thus to Christ. Already in the 1930's, he was using magazines, newspapers, and radio to evangelize.
Following in his footsteps, we have added other media, such as television, film, Web sites, and streaming video. With this Web site we add another medium, application programs for smartphones and tablets. We were encouraged in this regard by Pope Benedict XVI's message for the 44th World Communications Day, in which he said that priests are called upon to put the new technologies ever more effectively at the service of the Word.
Support for the Supreme Pontiff and his initiatives has always been part of the authentic Franciscan charism. It was foretold in the prophetic dream of Innocent III, in which he saw St. Francis holding up the Lateran Basilica. In recent years we have particularly supported the liturgical renewal desired by the Pope by generously applying the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum. We have sought to offer “to all the faithful the Roman Liturgy in the Usus Antiquior, considered as a precious treasure to be preserved” (Universae Ecclesiae 8, a). We hope to contribute thereby to the recovery of the authentic spirit of the liturgy, which was discarded by practitioners of the hermeneutic of rupture.
We entrust our efforts to the Immaculate Mother of the Eucharist and Mother of the Church. May She make them a fruitful contribution to that rebuilding of the Church to which St. Francis and his sons and daughters were called by the Crucifix of San Damiano.
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