Reading 1 Jb 19:21-27 Job said:Pity me, pity me, O you my friends,for the hand of God has struck me!Why do you hound me as though you were divine,and insatiably prey upon me?Oh, would that my words were written down!Would that they were inscribed in a record:That with an iron chisel and with leadthey were…
Saint Francis of Assisi
Saint of the Day for October 4
(September 26, 1182 – October 3, 1226)
Saint Francis of Assisi’s Story
Francis of Assisi was a poor little man who astounded and inspired the Church by taking the gospel literally—not in a narrow fundamentalist sense, but by actually following all that Jesus said and did, joyfully, without limit, and without a sense of self-importance.
Serious illness brought the young Francis to see the emptiness of his frolicking life as leader of Assisi’s youth. Prayer—lengthy and difficult—led him to a self-emptying like that of Christ, climaxed by embracing a leper he met on the road. It symbolized his complete obedience to what he had heard in prayer: “Francis! Everything you have loved and desired in the flesh it is your duty to …Read More