Lent 2017

Fourth Monday of Lent: Signs and Wonders

Signs and Wonders

“Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.”
—John 4:48

Saint Francis denied the suggestions that he was a saint. He kept hidden the marks of the stigmata. He refused to let people attribute miracles to him. He knew, as Jesus did, the human desire for signs and wonders, for the extraordinary and the marvelous.

We rejoice in the great things that Francis did during his lifetime and continues to do in the communion of saints. But those who spend time meditating on the words of Francis can also feel a twinge of regret for the hiddenness and humility he so valued during his lifetime. It serves as a reminder not to desire fame and fortune but to seek, as Francis did, only the grace of God.

Pray with Saint Francis

All praise be yours, my Lord, through all that you have made, And first my lord Brother Sun, Who brings the day; and light you give to us through him. Amen.


Lent 2017