St. Francis of Assisi is one of the most beloved Saints of our time. We say of our “time” because somewhere deep within most Americans is a sense of religion or a belonging to something so much greater than our individual selves. The saints that we all know of, regardless of our background or contact with organized religion, be it Saint Teressa of Avila or Mother Teressa of Calcutta, bring us closer to our real purpose in this life, to be of service to others, to love one another, to help one another–for by helping one another, we are praising God’s name. Saint Francis of Assisi was not a perfect man, nor would he have considered himself to be a Saint. But, a Saint he was and I am forever reminded of one of the beautiful statements he made centuries ago, and I am paraphrasing this so please forgive the lack of classic prose or reinterpretation, “Where there is darkness, may I bring light, where there is sadness, may I bring joy, and where there is conflict, may I bring peace”. It is a choice really, in the end, for we all have free will, and it is within us all to choose love over the lower “selves” that we have created out of the most base of all emotions, fear. Good always triumphs in the end, just as light eliminates darkness. So, step into the light and fear no evil, for both fear and evil are but illusions, and moreover, a choice that I choose not to choose. Have a blessed Sunday. Peace M
August 2, 2009
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