Lent 2017

Third Sunday of Lent: God’s Plan for Us

God’s Plan for Us

“Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work.’”
—John 4:34

If we forget everything else in our relationship with God, we need to remember that we are called into an unbreakable covenant with the Divine. Whatever our destiny, we must respond to the Lord’s call.

When Francis was in his early 20s, he rode to battle against the nearby city-state of Perugia. He was captured and imprisoned for a year. He returned home sick and spent the next year virtually bedridden. When he recovered from his illness, he spent time in caves listening first to the silence and then to the voice of God.

Francis had longed to be a soldier, to do great deeds on the field of battle. When he lost that opportunity, he had a choice between spending the rest of his life depressed at his ill fortune or listening to the plans God had for him.

Pray with Saint Francis

You are our eternal life, Great and wonderful Lord, God almighty, Merciful Savior. Amen.


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