One of the most beloved saints of all time, Francis of Assisi, serves as a beacon for our troubled era as he did for his own. Thirteen-century Italy was beset by much civic unrest, and Francis became a vivid model of what a true Christian could and should be. We often view Francis primarily as a lover of Nature—and he was, but he was also a man of asceticism, living a simple life—one filled with love of God and expressing that love in service to others. We have many of Francis’ pithy sayings, which give solid teaching and expansion of the Gospel message. Among them, we note: “It is in giving that we receive” and “Where there is injury let me sow pardon.” If we can live according to these teachings, we are well on the way to bringing healing to our suffering world.
By Carol Berg, OSB