THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK October 2-8, 2016



October 2-8, 2016

“Go repair my house,” are the famous words spoken by Jesus in the 13th century from the San Damiano Cross in front of which St. Francis of Assisi was praying.  The impulsive Francis rushed out and started to repair the physical structure of the church.  It took him time to realize that he was to repair the spiritual edifice of the decadent church of his time. Pictures often show him holding up the edifice of the church on his shoulders.  Lateran Council was held because of Francis to call the Church to repentance and reform.

Francis did not start out as a saint; in fact, the opposite was true.  He was a vain and rowdy youth with little respect for others.  He gloried in riches and power.  He joined the military as a knight and rode off on the best horse and in the richest armor.  Such glory did not last long; he was captured and languished in prison for almost a year.  He came back sick in mind and body – battle fatigue.

His conversion commenced with an encounter with a leper, whom he kissed and embraced.  He rejected the riches of his father and embraced God, as his Father.  After the vision of the Cross, he embraced profound poverty and went about preaching the Gospel in terms that appealed to all people.  He believed that all were to live the Gospel and were to respect all of creation.  He is the Patron of Ecology.

In today’s reading from Habakkuk 2: 4, we have a wonderful description Francis. “…the just one, because of his faith, shall live.” In the 2 Timothy 1: 6-8, 13-14 we again see words that can apply to Francis. “…stir into fame the gift of God…God gave us a spirit of power and love and self-control…bear your share of hardship for the Gospel with the strength that comes from God…Guard this rich trust with the help of the Holy Spirit that dwells within us”  These words are addressed to us, too.  We can run with these words and repair the Church.

Friday, October 7, is the beautiful Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.  This special mantra (repetition of words and sound to calm the mind for meditation), brings the opportunity to reflect on the various mysteries of Jesus and Mary’s life.  We weave a garland of prayers that Mary loves to hear.  She hopes that we will draw closer to her son and serve those who are in need of our loving presence.

Let us pray for those who will celebrate Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year,) this Monday.

Sister Rosemarie Goins, CSSF


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