The Franciscan Habit
Franciscan habit is a full-length robe designed in
the form of a cross. Originally made of rough, unbleached, homespun
wool, today it can be made of other types of material as well.
It is brown in colour, though gray or even white is sometimes
used by friars living in warmer climes. The habit is tied at the
waist by a white cord. Three knots at one end of it recall the
three Gospel vows which are at the base of the Franciscan life.
is a strong spiritual symbol and is worn by all Franciscans for
special festive occasions and gatherings and in various ministries
when appropriate. Some use it as their everyday wear, but many
prefer modern clothes. Finally, others have opted for a shorter
version of the habit (something almost like a brown hoodie).
This permits greater mobility than the long habit and is not so
different from modern clothes.