Lent 2017

Third Friday of Lent: Perfect Joy

Perfect Joy

“Which commandment is the first of all?”
—Mark 12:28

One winter day Saint Francis was coming to St. Mary of the Angels from Perugia with Brother Leo. Brother Leo asked him: “Father, I beg you in God’s name to tell me where perfect joy is.”

And Francis replied: “When we come to St. Mary of the Angels, frozen by the cold, and we ring at the gate and the brother porter says angrily: ‘Who are you?’ And we say: ‘We are two of your brothers.’ And he contradicts us, saying: ‘You are not telling the truth. You are two rascals who go around deceiving people!’…and if we take the insults with love in our hearts, oh, Brother Leo, write that perfect joy is there!” Francis discovered the secret to inner peace: don’t react. It keeps us from being consumed by our own anger.

Pray with Saint Francis

You are joy and gladness.
You are justice and moderation.


Lent 2017