Norwegian-American, Writer, Mom, Catholic, Wife, Soldier, Redneck, Photographer, Republican, Historian, Logger…(this list is not in any particular order, nor is it all encompassing). The definition of me refuses to be packaged neatly in a box. My writing desires to fly out in countless directions to explore the world or at least my world.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Saint Francis of Assisi
Yesterday, I was blessed to see one
of my faithful readers.The visit was
much too short, but sweet just the same.As I was leaving, she commented, “So which Saint Francis did the pope
pick?You didn’t put it in your post.”Now, I know she is a faithful reader, but in
the lonely hours I spend at home with just the cat and my keyboard to keep me
company, I don’t “know” I have faithful readers.My heart rejoiced when she asked.Later I realized I let down my readers by not
For those who haven’t heard, it is
said that Pope Francis took the name from Saint Francis of Assisi.I am delighted.The first saint, other than Mary, that I ever
studied was Saint Francis of Assisi.The
main reason was because it was the first book I found in my library.I fell in love with his humbleness, his love
of nature, his love of animals, and his striving to live with less.I keep his statue in my front flowerbed where
he greets all my guests whether they like him or not.
Saint Francis was never a
priest.He was a simple friar (deacon)
who preached the gospel and took a vow of poverty.I love his ideas of want verses need and try
to apply it to my life when contemplating buying things.It is said he preached to the animals which
some people say he was a crazy old coot.I find it enduring.I talk to my
cat and the neighborhood meadowlark.Of
course, I am probably crazy as well, so be it.God spoke to Saint Francis and asked him to repair his church.I find this interesting in this may be one of
the reasons Pope Francis picked this name.What course this will take is impossible for me to speculate, but I
There have been many books written
about Saint Francis of Assisi. He is
beloved by many Catholics around the world.I will leave you with some quotes that I have always enjoyed.
“We have been called to heal wounds, to unite
what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way.” ― St.
Francis of AssisiMany Catholics
have left the faith which I think is true fall all generations.I hope more will be able to come home with
the guidance of our church leaders and lay people.
“Lord, make me an instrument of thy
peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.” ― St.
Francis of AssisiThis is part of a
song that I absolutely love.
“The deeds you do may be the only
sermon some persons will hear today” ― St.
Francis of AssisiI think I have
written about this one before.It is so
very true.Many people give up on church
because our actions are not Christ like.
have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, He can work through
Francis of AssisiI love this.None of us are holy until the day we are
cleansed and enter heaven.Yet, God can
still work through us if we are open to the Holy Spirit.The flip side of this is that we need to
remember those who offend us in the church are also unholy.They are doing their best.I am doing my best.Pray for us.