The little poor man of Assisi

October 4 is the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the Little Poor Man of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan orders, who died in the evening of October 3,1226. This saint of “the birdbaths” cannot be reduced to a simple lover of creation, which he was. His critique of his society and its urges for money and power is reflected in his life and the life he sought for his “lesser brothers.”

He sought peace – but knew the costs.

“The peace which you proclaim with words must dwell even more abundantly in your hearts. Do not provoke others to anger or give scandal. Rather, let gentleness draw them to peace, goodness, and concord. This is our vocation: to heal wounds, to bind what is broken, to bring home those who are lost.”

“If we want to own things, we also have to have weapons to defend ourselves. This is where all the quarrels and battles that make love impossible come from. And this is why we don’t want to own anything.”

 

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