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'Little Poor Man of Assisi'

St. Francis of Assisi

But when he, who from my mother's womb had set me apart and called me through his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me...

- Galatians 1:15-16

There is an interesting connection between St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians today and the life of St. Francis of Assisi. Paul is speaking about when he was on the way to Damascus to imprison Christians and suddenly Jesus spoke to him in a blinding light, "Saul, why are you persecuting me?" This was the beginning of Paul's conversion to Christ and his Church.

In a similar way, St. Francis wrote: "[in the beginning of my conversion] no human person told me what I should do; but the Most High himself revealed to me that I must live the life of the Gospel."

Few of us are privileged to actually hear the voice of Jesus. But are we not called to ponder his words and actions in the gospels and to model our lives on his teaching and example? Today we are also inspired by Pope Francis as he models for us the humility and the compassion of the Little Poor Man of Assisi.

- Fr. Martin Pable, O.F.M. Cap.
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In the same way, we are all called to live the life of the Gospel! It is the freedom God gives me to choose whether to accept or reject. And there is not a third choice. Not doing anything is a rejection :-( Doing it later is a rejection :-(

What does living the life of the Gospel look like? What did Paul do after his conversion? He went to Arabia and Damascus for three years before he came to Jerusalem to meet Peter and James (Jesus' brother). What was Paul doing during those three years? I don't know......my guess based on my own experience is to let his head knowledge to drop 12 inches into his heart!

Paul was a person of high standing with the Jewish culture, was a Roman citizen, and was educated as an orthodox Pharisee knowing the Scripture from a young age. Yet, he didn't meet Jesus until he was on his way to Damascus to persecute the Way!

My experience and history: becoming a converted Catholic at age 37, meeting Jesus at age 44 and having been with Him ever since :-) Becoming Catholic was head knowledge (about doing like Martha) and meeting Jesus was heart knowledge (about being like Mary)!

I love today's Psalm as my prayer and worship:

Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way!
O LORD, You have probed me and You know me; You know when I sit and when I stand;
You understand my thoughts from afar. My journeys and my rest You scrutinize, with all my ways You are familiar. Truly You have formed my inmost being; You knit me in my mother’s womb. I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works. My soul also You knew full well; nor was my frame unknown to You When I was made in secret, when I was fashioned in the depths of the earth.
Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way!

Amen! Praying for Your favor upon my husband's search today for a GI doctor appointment soon. Your faithfulness I adore! Love You!
Salina | Posted on: 2016-10-04 08:45:02
It is a great day for the Church as we remember our brother in the Lord, St. Francis of Assisi. How can we best emulate him...by emulating the man he emulated...Christ Our Lord! "We adore O Christ and we praise you; for by your Holy Cross you have redeemed the world!" The greatest words of St. Francis...
Jack | Posted on: 2016-10-04 08:27:11
Than you, Jack! I love his quote in this too:

“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”

Make Me A Channel of Your Peace
Salina | Posted on:: 2016-10-04 08:52:17
Awesome Salina! One of my critically wonderful daily prayers...
Jack | Posted on:: 2016-10-05 09:25:18
Today, we have a blessing of the animals at our church. Everyone brings their pets which Father blesses in the church parking lot. St. Francis had a great love for all creatures. What a different world it would be if we had reverence for all creation.
Kathy | Posted on: 2016-10-04 08:11:00
Mary | Posted on:: 2016-10-04 08:16:53
Amen! :)
freeter | Posted on: 2016-10-04 08:10:28
Amen. Thank you God for these holy men and women whose lives remind us of your never ending grace, love and mercy.
EM | Posted on: 2016-10-04 07:08:09
Thank you Lord for this beautiful day and for this Gospel today. Thank you Lord for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy a father most of all for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of for I've ess and reconciliation. Please Lord have mercy. Amen
A Sinner | Posted on: 2016-10-04 05:53:10
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