Today is the Feast of St Francis of Assisi. St Francis is known for how he left worldly things behind and learned to be present with the Lord through all the people he met at all times. I went to daily mass today to celebrate St Francis. The priest gave a lovely homily about St Francis and it gave me much to think about. I have been studying the lives of St Francis and St Claire as I discern whether to join the Third Order Franciscans. I have been on this path for 15 months. This order is a way of life devoted to simplicity and presence with others. St Francis learned to love himself and then he learned to love others modeling himself after Jesus who is love and mercy itself.
I like the reminder that we have an awesome God who loves me. He made me and I am good. He made others and they are good too. Please remember that and hold fast to your relationships with each other. Be merciful and loving toward yourself and your neighbor. St Francis and St Claire give us good examples of how to do this.
When you have an issue with others, forgive them, talk to them, and love them. All of your relationships will be better. Always remember that the devil is the one who wants you to be righteous and angry and unforgiving. God is the one who asks us to be humble and loving and forgiving.
Oh God, thank you for the example of St Francis and St Claire. Help me to love You, to love myself, and to love others just as St Francis and St Claire did. Help me to see you when I look at my neighbor and at myself through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.