absolute poverty as his ideal
He started preaching the gospel
and healing the sick. According to Francis, the real poor and the poor
Christ are the criteria of true poverty. Francis never speaks abstractly
about poverty. He called it lady poverty. He lived in poverty as an
evangelical way of being of total availability and poverty as an
expression of love for poor against poverty.
he founded the Franciscan order, which is now spread all over the world.
In 1224, while Francis was praying on Mount Alvermia, the five wounds
resembling those suffered by Jesus, the stigmata appeared on his body.
Two years later in 1226, Francis died and he was canonized in 1228. He
became an incomparable saint as the great historian Lortz called him,
“The first after the only son Jesus Christ”
Today when we speak on St. Francis of
Assisi, let us examine ourselves the ways and means to grow spiritually
like him. Let us take few hints from his life itself for this purpose.
Francis had desire to follow and serve Jesus his Lord.
(Do we have the desire to follow and serve Jesus.)?
his convention, St. Francis discarded fortune, fame and power. But
ultimately wound up with all three in great measures.
(Can you discard fortune, fame and power you strive for the sake of
was his chosen way and focused on God and he was committed to God. He
found the face on the crucifix was the face of the suffering world.
(Are you committed to God? Do you feel the face on the crucifix is the
face of the suffering world?)
He always used to say,
“My God and My All”
Dear Friends, if we choose to make God “Our
God and our All”, we may find that when we read the daily newspapers or
watch the evening news, the spirit moving within us may breathe “My God
and My All” we have no hope but God. But no greater hope is possible
join our hands and pray with him.
"Lord, make me an instrument of your peace."