St. Francis has got to be one of the most popular saints spoken of around the world. The election of a new Pope and his decision of choosing Francis as his namesake has only garnered more attention in the last couple of years. Yesterday, October 4, was the Feast Day for St. Francis, and I had the opportunity of presiding over a Blessing of the Animals. This was a wonderful way to celebrate St. Francis as we honored all creatures, great and small.
St. Francis’ mass appeal could be reflected in the message that he preached to all his followers in the regard of living a simple life. As we look around today at the many temptations that have been placed in front of us, St. Francis is a reminder that all of the glitz and glam that pervades our current culture is non-essential for our lives. We are therefore called to lives in relationship with God and to have as little distractions as possible. The way of St. Francis is not for everyone, yet it beckons us all towards a love for the creation that God has gifted us.
This is just a brief glimpse into St. Francis, and is just one of the people who has shaped my faith and life. I look forward to sharing more as I continue in the mysterious way.