Tag Archives: Francis of Assisi

In the World, Not of the World

None of us has a choice in this: we are in the world, and we are all in it together. But each of us has a choice to be or not to be of the world. Here is how St. … Continue reading

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Confidence

Here is advice from Franciscan saints on having confidence in God: St. Francis of Assisi urges us to have faith in God: “No one ought, by a foolish self-confidence, to take pride in what is within the reach of every … Continue reading

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To Have and Hold Virtue

Here are a few thoughts from the followers of St. Francis of Assisi on the subject of virtue: “Practise solid virtue, and do not give yourself up to ephemeral devotions, which are only so much straw.” -St. Joseph of Cupertino … Continue reading

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Heart to Heart

The heart is an ancient symbol of the deepest and most profound spiritual, emotional, and moral core of a person. St. Antony says: “God loves to come into humble and compassionate souls, into souls that are full of discretion, that … Continue reading

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Consolations

Blessed Egidius of Assisi observes: “We bear our trials so badly because we do not know how to seek spiritual consolation. He who works faithfully in himself, above himself, and for himself, is able to bear everything joyfully.” Thus, he … Continue reading

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Good Gifts

St. Francis of Assisi extols the value of prayer: “The gift of prayer should be the object of our most ardent desires. Without it there is no progress in God’s service, and no obtaining anything from Him.” St. Leonard of … Continue reading

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Prudence

St. Francis of Assisi cautions against worldly prudence: “We must not be wise or prudent according to the flesh, but simple, humble, and pure.” St. Catherine of Bologna observes: “No one ever yet relied upon his own prudence without, by … Continue reading

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