In it he writes, "In this Year for Consecrated Life, let us remind one another as friars and lesser brothers that we, like Mary Magdalene, like Francis, Clare and countless Franciscan men and women saints before us, have been called to this same faith, constancy and to participation in the evangelizing mission of Jesus. We are called to preach what we ourselves have witnessed – and are witnessing – in our lives, namely that Jesus Christ is alive. He is risen from the dead! Love, mercy and hope have triumphed in the darkness! Alleluia! It is because of Jesus’ resurrection that we are able to embrace our evangelical, itinerant, consecrated way of life as men of the Gospel, ambassadors of reconciliation, and bearers of light and life wherever the Lord Jesus lead us."
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