Wednesday, July 04, 2012

St. Francis of Assisi

Gentlest of saints,
You were redeemed
On the cruelest cross.

You must have fought
Manfully, too,
When you overcame wealth.

Lord God, our Lord,
You must delight
In such bold paradox.

Work one in me--
Making me kind,
But full fierce against sin.

For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

(2 Corinthians 12:10 ESV)

You can read of St. Francis's life. In his day, the Roman Catholic Church wasn't just one of many churches in his area. It was the church. The Lord changed Francis and then used him.


Ρωμανός ~ Romanós said...

Excellent poem and great message. Yes, Francesco di Bernardone and his 'little brothers' (that's the meaning of 'friars minor') appeared at a time of the greatest darkness, and probed deeply the wounds and poverty of Christ, so that the Light of Lights could once more shine upon men.

He is considered the first Christian of the modern age and, though we may not know him well, his life and teaching is behind much of evangelical Christianity. Catholicism tried to cover him up, but the more they tried to hide or distort his memory, his humility has always worn through it.

Thanks for this memorable poem.

Jim Swindle said...

Romanós, I'm glad you enjoyed the poem. Thanks for the additional information.