Today is the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. I have always looked to him as the model of Radical Catholic Living. Francis lived his entire life striving to surrender more fully to his God. He had such an amazing personal relationship with Jesus and he was willing to do anything Jesus asked of him. He was never satisfied he always wanted to do more for his God. At the end of his life after all his amazing acts of devotion and works of charity he was still unsatisfied and he turned to his brothers calling them on saying, “Brothers let us rise for until now we have done very little…”
On this great feast let blessed Francis remind us what it means to live a life radically faithful to Jesus Christ.
Francis is a perfect example of Radical Catholic Living. The following are just some of the things we can learn from him:
Humility: Francis was a man of deep humility. When he was mistaken for a gardener by one of the Popes secretaries rather than protest he just went right into the garden to work.
Penance and Mortification: Francis was willing to do anything to get sin out of his life so that nothing stood between he and his Savior.
Prayer: Above all else Francis was a man of deep prayer. Sometimes Francis would stop in the middle of a walk and he would be caught up in prayer for hours and hours. When he and St. Clare were praying together in a Church the town thought that the Church was on fire because it was glowing form the glory of the Lord surrounding them.
Devotion to Holy Scripture: Francis had an incredible reverence for Holy Scripture. His Brothers would pick up paper on the ground in case a word of Holy Scripture could be found on it.
Most High, Glorious God,
enlighten the darkness of our minds.
Give us a right faith, a firm hope and a perfect charity,
so that we may always and in all things act according to Your Holy Will. Amen
My God and My All!
St. Francis of Assisi Pray for us!
Dave VanVickle is a Catholic speaker and writer focusing on the Universal Call to Holiness and Authentic Catholic Spirituality. He is currently employed as the Director of Evangelization for the parishes of the Catholic Community of Wexford, PA.