Years ago, my mother-in-law picked up a beautifully illustrated book – a gift for my husband and me. The royalties earned by its sale were dedicated to the restoration of the basilica in Assisi, making it a restoration through the wise words of Saint Francis and the beautiful work of today’s artists. I pick it up every so often because the prayers, stories, and paintings seem to grow and change as more years are added to my life and experience to my life’s journey. As I journey from Easter to Pentecost this year, I can think of no better companion than Francis. If you have the time and interest, I’d be honored to have you walk along with us…
Where there is love and Wisdom,
there is neither Fear nor Ignorance.
Where there is Patience and Humility,
there is neither Anger nor Annoyance,
Where there is Poverty and Joy,
there is neither Cupidity nor Avarice.
Where there is Peace and Contemplation,
there is neither Care nor Restlessness.
Where there is Fear of God to guard the dwelling,
there no enemy can enter.
Where there is Mercy and Prudence,
there is neither Excess nor Harshness.
St. Francis (The Admonitions, XXVII)
The Message of St. Francis; New York: Penguin Studio, 1999, p. 9