Lent 2017

Third Thursday of Lent: Nothing to Defend

Nothing to Defend

“Every kingdom divided against itself becomes a desert, and house falls on house.”
—Luke 11:17

At the time of Francis, Italy was not a united nation, but numerous city-states, each with its own ruler and militia. Francis was well-acquainted with constantly warring factions.

The brothers often asked the advice of the Bishop, who said: “It seems to me that it is very hard and difficult to possess nothing in the world.” To this Francis replied: “My Lord, if we had any possessions we should also be forced to have arms to protect them, since possessions are a cause of disputes and strife. Therefore in this life we wish to have no temporal possessions.”

We have so much in our lives that we feel we need to defend. If we have nothing to defend, we have room to discover the providence and the peace that relying on God alone brings to our lives.

Pray with Saint Francis

Holy Wisdom puts Satan
and all his wiles to shame.


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