We believe Francis had the ability to empty himself almost completely, and let Jesus reflect through him. It was no longer Francis who spoke to the Moslems; it was Jesus, through Francis. Very possibly, in this place and time, Francis put into practice his simple prayer. Bob and Penny Lord
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is discord, unity.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is error, truth.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is sadness, joy.
Where there is darkness, light.
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.
It is in giving, that we receive.
It is in pardoning, that we are pardoned.
It is in dying, that we are born to eternal life.
Prayer of Saint Francis
There is too much emphasis in our times on hatred! As Christians we are called to bring some light into this darkness.
We cannot be like the mobs and concentrate on hatred.
We must change the world by bringing in the truth.
Through the centuries, the Lord has sent us what we needed at the time to overcome evil.
Saints like Francis of Assisi, Anthony of Padua, Maxmilian Kolbe, Francis Xavier Cabrini and the list goes on and on.
He has sent us Popes like Leo the Great and Pope John Paul II
And he has sent us great leaders like King John Sobieski, Don Juan of Austria, Jerzy Popieluszko and the list goes on an on.
Let us all pray that the Lord send us some more like these into our world.
Brother Joseph Freyaldenhoven