Lent with Saint Francis

Ash Wednesday: Be Faithful to the Gospel

Be Faithful to the Gospel

“Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.”

These are the words most often used as we are signed with ashes. It is a call to conversion, a call to follow Christ, a call to change our lives. No one heard this call and followed it more devotedly than Saint Francis of Assisi.

He began with the most basic interpretation of a text, but he didn’t stop there. He began by throwing aside his tunic, shoes, and walking staff, but over time discovered the many ways in which possessions can keep us from seeking God. He began by carrying stones and fitting them into the crumbling walls of Assisi’s churches, but over time he inspired his followers to reinvigorate the Church.

Pray with Saint Francis

Most High, Glorious God, bring light to the darkness of my heart, give me right faith, certain hope, and perfect charity. Amen.

The Hope of Lent