Sometimes I get a little worried about the future of the Order.
But what to do about my worry?
Looking at the history of religious life, it seems to me that reform and renewal in religious life comes from one place: saints.
When I was in the OFM the buzzword was 'refounding.' This was going to bring renewal. And I have encountered other buzzwords along the way in my journey in religious life. Mostly they seem sterile when it comes to generating reform and renewal.
So, again, what we need, it seems to me, are saints.
But what does this mean practically?
First of all, I must ask God in prayer for the saint who will bring reform and renewal to the Order.
Then, I must be open to the possibility that God wills to make one of my confreres into this saint. Therefore, charity towards my brother must mean treating him and interacting with him so as to support and encourage his sanctity. Anything less is not really love.