Minute Meditations

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Worldly Power

Francis has strong words for those who steadfastly refuse to adopt a life of peace, kindness, love of God and neighbor.

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Praising God

Francis understood that the way to imitate Jesus was by doing the good works that he had done, but there was also a mystical dimension to that identification.

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What Is Ours?

“Are you greater than our father Abraham?” (John 8:53). Francis wanted to make sure that his brothers understood that any glory they might experience always reflected more on God’s goodness than on any merit of their own. We…have nothing of our …

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True Disciples

“If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:31–32). In modeling his life on the Gospels, Francis hoped that people would see in …

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The Sign of the Cross

“When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own…” (John 8:28). Francis prayed continually to be identified with the crucified Christ. His efforts throughout his …

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Great Compassion

“Neither do I condemn you” (John 8:11). While Francis was on his journey to visit the sultan, he stayed overnight in an inn, where he was approached by a prostitute. St. Francis answered her: “If you wish me to do …

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Sister Death

“Martha said to him, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life’” (John 11:24–25) Death always startles us with its suddenness, its finality. …

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