Today is a day we celebrate and remember St. Francis.  Francis left his wealthy family and life to embrace a simpler life that lived out what he understood to be depicted in the gospels.  For Francis this meant living a life in poverty and humility just as Christ did.

“We should not think of coin or money having any greater usefulness than stones.  The devil wants to blind those who desire or consider it better than stones.  May we who have left all things, then, be careful of not losing the kingdom of heaven for so little.” (Saint Franics of Assisi)

This holy man has fascinated me for years. A church history class in seminary sent me on a library raid to read as much as I could about Francis.  I’ve used his writings as a devotional.  I’ve pondered his lifestyle and writings and what they mean to me.  Above all, Francis challenged me to do something – to put my faith in action.

Let them [the brothers] love one another, as the Lord says: “This is my commandment: love one another as I have loved you.” Let them express the love they have for one another by their deeds, as the Apostle says: “Let us not love in word or speech, but in deed and truth.” (Saint Francis of Assisi)