4 October 2007 Thursday of the 26th Week in Ordinary Time
Nehemiah 8, 1-12, Psalm 19, Luke 10, 1-12: St. Francis of Assisi
All spiritual journeys begin with a crisis. In the first reading, the
St. Francis’s crisis began in his home in
When he returned to
In January 2002, Pope Benedict XVI wrote this about St. Francis, when a great number of the world’s religions and many Christian communities flocked to
“And it was only after this experience that it became possible for him to hear and understand the voice of the Crucified One who spoke to him in the tiny St. Damian Church, which was in ruins, the very symbol therefore of the church of the time, profoundly rotten and decadent. Only then did he see how great was the contrast between the nudity of the Crucified One, his poverty and humiliation, and the luxury and violence that had once seemed normal to him. And only then did he truly know Christ and understand too, that the Crusades were not the way to defend the rights of Christians in the
Reflect on these words by our Pope. He tells us that we should embark on a journey, we have to leave our comfort zones, in search of peace.