Friday, October 03, 2008

St. Francis

Tomorrow is the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, first environmentalist. He lived simply and back to the earth, embraced poverty and lepers. He was a true reformer in his age, and probably would be in ours too. Yet he stayed with God and the Church.

St. Francis, we need you!!

2 comments:

ourladysblog said...

With all due respect to St. Francis, I don't know how well he would be welcomed today. I think too many of us would be quick to pin him a "liberal" due to his pro-environment views. It's like when I hear the phrase "social justice" I get shivers. Not that I'm for "social injustice," but rather that that particular buzzword often implies abortion rights as well.

Dymphna (4HisChurch) said...

Well, that's what I like about Saint Francis. He stayed with the Church. I think Saint Francis is very needed today, not for some "liberal" political view, but for his living out the gospel in a radical way.

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