How to be in God’s service by St. Francis of Assisi 12

April 2, 2009

• It is in giving that we receive.

• If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.

• It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.

• It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.

• It is not fitting, when one is in God’s service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.

• Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love.

• Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury let me sow pardon.

• Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

• While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.

• I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.

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St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226) is one of the most beloved and respected Christian saints. Known for his piety, simplicity and humility, his words of wisdom have an everlasting sheen. His love for birds, animals, trees and all the creations of God is legendary. One day, while St. Francis was traveling with some companions, they happened upon a place in the road where birds filled the trees on either side. He told his companions to “wait for me while I go to preach to my sisters the birds”. The birds surrounded him, drawn by the power of his voice, and not one of them flew away. The saint spoke to them:

“My sister birds, you owe much to God, and you must always and in everyplace give praise to Him; for He has given you freedom to wing through the sky and He has clothed you… you neither sow nor reap, and God feeds you and gives you rivers and fountains for your thirst, and mountains and valleys for shelter, and tall trees for your nests. And although you neither know how to spin or weave, God dresses you and your children, for the Creator loves you greatly and He blesses you abundantly. Therefore… always seek to praise God.”

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