Supporting the Church
“The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.”
Francis had traveled to Rome to seek the pope’s approval for this new way of life he wanted to share with the brothers the Lord had inspired to follow him. The pope, at first disinclined to grant Francis’ request, had dreamed of just such a person.
In spite of his radical commitment to live the Gospel, apart from many of the cultural institutions that had influenced the Church by the 13th century, Francis still remained a faithful, obedient son of the Church.
He insisted on having the pope’s approval of his Rule, even though he believed that way of life had come to him directly from God. Francis and his followers were committed to supporting and building up the Church, all the while reforming it from within and bringing it always into greater conformation to the Gospel.
Pray with Saint Francis
Happy those who endure in peace. By you, Most High, they will be crowned. Amen.