St. Francis used the Tau as his signature on his letters as a symbol, a seal, and a coat of arms. It is said that the Franciscan Habit is nothing less than the Cross of Christ to which the friar is tied by the cord with three knots symbolizing: POVERTY, CHASTITY, OBEDIENCE.
When wearing his habit, when a friar stands with his arms outstretched, he becomes a Tau, a living Tau. Today Franciscans wear the Tau Cross as a sign of their commitment to Christ and the power of his love to transform us into the very best person we can possibly become.
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