On the Calendar: St. Francis of Assisi

Zurbarán, St. Francis in Meditation, c. 1635-39

Zurbarán, St. Francis in Meditation, c. 1635-39

Brothers, look at the humility of God,
and pour out your hearts before Him!
Humble yourselves
that you may be exalted by Him!
Hold back nothing of yourselves
for yourselves,
that He who gives Himself totally to you
may receive you totally!

— St. Francis of Assisi’s Meditation on the Eucharist

St. Francis has always been one of my special patrons. I used to ask him to help me love the poor… Now I ask him to help me become poor myself — simple, little, humble and poor — so I can love Christ the way he loved Him.

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