Lent 2017

Saturday after Ash Wednesday: We Are All Sinners

We Are All Sinners

“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance.” —Luke 5:31–32

Saint Francis used this passage from Scripture to rebuke the guardian of one of the houses where the brothers were living. The guardian had driven away a band of thieves from the house and proudly told Francis of his deed.

“Sinners are led back to God by holy meekness better than by cruel scolding,” Francis told him.

We find it difficult to admit when we’re wrong, when we’ve sinned. And it seems the more we try to live good Christian lives, the harder it gets to acknowledge how often we fail.

It is that acknowledgment, though, that allows us to find the forgiveness and grace we need to change our lives.

Pray with Saint Francis

We give you thanks because, having created us through your Son, you decreed that he should be born, and redeem us from our captivity by the blood of his passion and death. Amen.


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