Lent 2017

Fourth Tuesday of Lent: Do We Like Complaining?

Do We Like Complaining?

“I have no one to put me into the pool.”
—John 5:6

How often do we really place our trust in the Lord? One of the legends associated with Saint Francis tells of a vineyard near a church in the Rieti valley. Francis was staying there while being treated for eye problems. So many people came to visit him that the vineyard was trampled. The priest complained that he would not get the small yield of grapes on which he relied for his household wine each year. Francis assured him that he would harvest at least 20 loads of grapes that year instead of the usual 13.

What’s more interesting than the miracle that Francis promised (and which did in fact occur) is what Francis said to the priest: “Cease despairing. Don’t trouble anyone any more with your complaints. Have confidence in the Lord and in my words.”

Pray with Saint Francis

Where there is Mercy and Prudence, there is neither Excess nor Harshness. Amen.


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