Cultivate a Peaceful Heart
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.”
Francis holds his followers to the highest standards of the Gospel. He knows that if the Lesser Brothers strive for the ideal, they will be unlikely to break the more basic commandments. “And this is my advice, my counsel, and my earnest plea to my friars that, when they travel about the world, they should be gentle, peaceful, and unassuming, courteous and humble, speaking respectfully to everyone. Whenever he preached, Francis first prayed for peace for his listeners, saying: ‘The Lord give you peace.’”
If we think (and pray) before we speak or act, we will save ourselves and others a great deal of misunderstanding and heartache.
Pray with Saint Francis
Where there is Love and Wisdom, there is neither Fear nor Ignorance. Where there is Patience and Humility, there is neither Anger nor Annoyance. Amen.