FRIDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY
-from Walking with Francis of Assisi: From Privilege to Activism by Bruce Epperly
I believe that Saint Francis of Assisi’s message is even more important in light of this most recent pandemic. Francis – and his spiritual sister, Clare – remind us we are all connected. The paths of greed, consumerism, individualism, and nationalism endanger the planet and its peoples. In the spirit of Saint Francis, we need to break down barriers of friend and stranger, citizen and immigrant, rich and poor, if we are to survive in this increasingly interdependent world. Nations need to see patriotism in terms of world loyalty as well as self-affirmation. We need the Franciscan vision of all creation singing praises to the Creator if we are to flourish in the years and centuries to come. Like Saints Francis and Clare, we need to become earth-loving saints, committed to our planet and its peoples – in our time and our children’s and grandchildren’s time.