The Virtue of Work
“My Father is still working, and I also am working.”
Francis encouraged his brothers to perform manual labor—concrete, physical actions that could be clearly seen. His Rule of 1221 instructed:
“All the friars must work hard doing good, as it has been said, ‘Always be doing something worthwhile; then the devil will always find you busy’ and, ‘Idleness is the enemy of the soul.’ And so those who serve God should be always busy praying or doing good.”
Not everyone can enjoy the satisfaction that comes with seeing a concrete result from physical work. Often our hobbies reveal that we need to do things with our hands, we need to be active, we need to use our bodies as well as our minds.
Pray with Saint Francis
All praise be yours, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air,
And fair and stormy, all the weather’s moods,
By which you cherish all that you have made. Amen.