How Do Others See Us?
“How can you believe when you accept glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the one who alone is God?” —John 5:44
Francis was concerned with the impression that he made on those around him. In his early life, he wanted to be noticed for his fine clothes, courtly manners, and military prowess. After his conversion, he was concerned that people might think him a hypocrite for preaching absolute poverty and then receiving gifts or small luxuries from his admirers.
When a medical condition required that Francis wear a softer material (fox skin) next to his body, Francis said: If you want me to permit this under my tunic, then have a piece of the same size attached to the outside, which, sewn on the outside, will show men that there is a skin hidden inside too.
Pray with Saint Francis
All praise be yours, my Lord,
through those who grant pardon for love of you;
through those who endure Sickness and trial. Amen.