“He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and regarded others with contempt.” —Luke 18:9
Humility is an enduring characteristic of Francis’ life. He recognizes that the most difficult obstacle to overcome in realizing the kingdom of God are those people who don’t admit to their own sinfulness.
One day, he sought out a place of prayer, frequently repeating this word: O God, be merciful to me the sinner. Little by little a certain unspeakable joy and very great sweetness began to flood his innermost heart. He was then caught up above himself, and absorbed in a certain light; the capacity of his mind was enlarged and he could see clearly what was to come to pass. When this sweetness finally passed, along with the light, renewed in spirit, he seemed changed into another man. True humility is knowing who we are in God’s loving sight.
Pray with Saint Francis
Hail, Queen Wisdom! The Lord save you, with your sister, pure, holy Simplicity. Amen.