Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

Monday, October 2, 2017

God calls each of us to radical Gospel living, to work always in rebuilding the church
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by Sister Laura Zelten

As a Sister of St Francis of the Holy Cross, I follow in the footprints of St. Francis of Assisi.  He is considered one of the greatest saints because he lived a radical commitment to following Jesus and trusting God to provide for all his needs. St. Francis possessed a willingness to live among the poor, to understand their struggles and to bring them to Jesus through his preaching.  He imitated Jesus in everything that he thought and did. He encountered Jesus daily, living a deep Christian way of life. 

The charisms of St. Francis flow forth into every person who becomes a Franciscan.  Today as a Franciscan Sister, I am called to live simply, compassionately, humbly, gently and joyfully. Each Sister is called to the radical Franciscan commitment to following Jesus and to trust God to provide for her.  Living the Gospel through prayer, presence and hospitality helps us to know Jesus and to reach out to our brothers and sisters.  It is about hearing today the words Jesus spoke to Francis 800 years ago: "Rebuild the Church!”