Minute Meditations

Francis Is Our Model for Peace

Saint Francis began a new evangelization in his own time, not by trying to be social reformer. He simply loved Christ and lived the Gospel, and he and his brothers became thereby catalysts for social change. They became “Holy Fools” who turned the world upside down by simply living the truth of the Gospel of Christ. Like Francis and his brothers, we all can learn to love again, even in the midst of division and war. And the map Francis gave us for learning to love is the Gospel and his own life of following in the footsteps of Christ. This map has been summed up beautifully in his Peace Prayer, a prayer he did not write but certainly is the way he prayed and lived and taught by example. It is a prayer that outlines everything that made Francis the peacemaker that he was and the model for peace that he is for us today. It is a prayer that shows us how to find the truth again, if we’ve lost it, or to continue living in the truth we’ve already found and are trying to live.

— from Surrounded by Love: Seven Teachings from Saint Francis 
by Murray Bodo, OFM

Surrounded by Love by Murray Bodo


1 thought on “Francis Is Our Model for Peace”

  1. Arlene B. Muller

    Amen. Excellent!
    If each of us committed ourselves to loving Our LORD, living the GOSPEL in our lives & praying & seeking to live by the principles embodied in the PEACE PRAYER ATTRIBUTED TO ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI we could change the world, & this world would become more like the Kingdom of heaven.
    In addition to our Secular Franciscan motto of “going from GOSPEL to life & life to GOSPEL” perhaps my favorite phrase in our Secular Franciscan Rule is that we are to “build a more fraternal world”.
    This is what I want.

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