Statue of St. Francis | Image by Robert Cheaib from Pixabay

St. Francis and Lady Poverty

Reflecting on how Francis and the brothers honored Lady Poverty has helped me to see how they lived their walking in the footsteps of Christ.
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woman handing food to another woman

To See and to Soothe

When you think of the poor, is it someone unknown to you in a faraway land? That may be true, but that kind of thinking also puts a buffer between ourselves and those in need.
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sad woman by rainy window

God’s Tears

God feels the pain of an injured baby bird, fallen out of its nest, and the loneliness of a pet mourning the death of its human companion.
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two doves | Photo by Ali Azad

Humility: The Twin of Poverty

In his simple wisdom, Francis saw poverty and humility as twins. We are absolutely dependent on God for all things: that is humility.
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Love, Poverty, and Perfect Joy

When we learn to love something, we grow into our Godlikeness. ​​​​​​​We live fully, richly, joyfully.
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A homeless woman holds a container bearing a sign reading "Please Help Me" as she begs for money on a street in Sydney Oct. 28, 2016. In a pre-election statement, Australian bishops did not endorse an political platform, but said voters should consider candidates who might prioritize people who need palliative care, those in low-paying and insecure jobs, First Nations peoples, asylum-seekers and refugees. (CNS photo/David Gray, Reuters)

Notes from a Friar: Loving the ‘Least of Us’

Moving is disorienting, no matter how often a person has done it.
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