Minute Meditations

Ever New, Ever Young

Statue of St. Francis | Photo by Ryan Klaus

Sometimes we resist conversion to the Lord’s way because we fear giving it full freedom will shrink our world, will make us more closed in. Like every other saint, Francis of Assisi reminds us that conversion to the Lord’s ways will always enlarge our world, stretching us in a good way. Francis “seemed changed into another man” because conversion indeed made him a new man. He retained his original DNA and fingerprints, but his heart became ever new and young.

Have you ever mulled over what deeper conversion might take away from your life or bring to it? How might you give God a bit more room to work in your life? Do it! You won’t regret it.

—from the book Peace and Good: Through the Year with Francis of Assisi
by Pat McCloskey, OFM

Peace and Good by Pat McCloskey

1 thought on “Ever New, Ever Young”

  1. Arlene B. Muller

    I believe I am fully committed to the LORD but I am not fully surrendered. I am OK with doing GOD’S will but the “Do with me what You will” scares me because it is like signing a blank check–saying “yes” without knowing what I am accepting, & that could mean anything & that could mean a lot of suffering, like having cancer or dementia or mental illness.
    I love serving the LORD in my various Church ministries.
    I am now facing the prospect of surgery for pre-cancer or early cancer detected in the biopsy of a little white spot on my gum.

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