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Following St. Francis


Francis of Assisi was born into privilege and gave it up to embrace simplicity and poverty. In this era of opulence, could you do the same?


Dear God,
your servant, St. Francis,
showed us that material wealth
is immaterial:
We cannot carry it with us
on the journey.
Show us how to give
to those in need,
to be loving
to those who feel unloved,
and to welcome those
who feel neglected,
just as Francis did.


A seminal moment in St. Francis’ life was when he embraced the leper outside the walls of Assisi. Who are the lepers in our society today? How can we embrace those on the periphery?

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