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Lent with St. Francis: Giving it All Away

Mar 6, 2021
Lent with St. Francis: Giving it All Away

Saturday of the Second Week of Lent

Micah 7:14–15, 18–20;
Psalm 103:1–2, 3–4,
9–10, 11–12;
Luke 15:1–3, 11–32

“I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.” —Luke 15:19


Today’s Gospel tells the familiar story of the Prodigal Son. Many of us can identify with this rebellious younger son who loses himself in pleasure and adventure. And we also know what it’s like to come to our senses and realize that we’ve taken a wrong turn.

One of the things that makes Francis’s story so engaging is that his early life seemed far from saintly. He was a young man of his time and social class.

Francis grew up quick and clever, and he followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a merchant.…He was a spendthrift, and all that he earned went into eating and carousing with his friends. For this his parents often remonstrated with him, saying that in squandering such large sums on himself and others, his style of living made him appear not so much their son as the son of some great prince. However, being rich and loving him tenderly, they allowed him free rein in order to avoid displeasing him….

Grace, working through these natural virtues, brought him to the point of being able to say to himself: “Since you are courteous and generous to men from whom you only receive vain and transitory favors, it is only fair that you should be equally so to those in need, since the Lord God is magnanimous in repaying whatever is given to his poor.” From that time on Francis welcomed the poor and gave them abundant alms.

Those who worry about whether there will be enough find it difficult to give freely. Those accustomed to giving it all away find it easier to accept God’s grace.


Prayer

Holy Humility puts pride to shame,
and all the inhabitants of this world and all that is in
the world.
Amen.


Minute Meditations


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Submitted by George Marsh (not verified) on Sat, 03/06/2021 - 09:59 AM

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Thank you for the memorable prayer which followed the reflection. Who is the author of the prayer?

Submitted by Dr Eileen Quin… (not verified) on Sat, 03/06/2021 - 10:34 AM

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However, being rich and loving him tenderly, they allowed him free rein in order to avoid displeasing him…."" As parents we often feel the importance of giving our sons and daughters all that we can instead of challenging them to realize the joy of giving what they have away. This leads them to the realization that this attitude frees us to love God deeper as we have less to be accountable for and it gives us the sense of being stewards of the earth and not using too much of our resources.

Submitted by Mary Strom (not verified) on Sat, 03/06/2021 - 01:12 PM

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Thank you for the beautiful reflection. What I found particularly hope filled was that grace, working through the natural vitues.....

Submitted by Presentacion (not verified) on Sat, 03/06/2021 - 08:42 PM

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Heaven is our ultimate destination and true eternal happiness. This parable reminded me of forgiveness, and virtues of humility and reconciliation.

Submitted by Rita (not verified) on Sun, 03/07/2021 - 10:15 AM

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This meditation on giving is one reason why im grateful to the missions and to the orders of religious sisters & friars for providing us with a practical way to give to the poor and give to the hungry and give to the sick and the refugees.. ...besides what we give to our children. Thank you.

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