These reflections are a result of more than 40 years of ministry as a Roman Catholic priest. Most of these years I spent in the Diocese of Charlotte which covers Western North Carolina. Now I am retired, and live in Medellín, Colombia where I continue to serve as a priest in the Archdiocese of Medellín.

Wednesday, 04 October 2023 00:00

Saint Francis of Assisi, October 4

As Jesus and his disciples were proceeding on their journey, someone said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go." Jesus answered him, "Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head." (Lk 9:57-62)
Jesus invited all sorts of people to follow him. Some folks wanted to follow Christ on their own terms. Others had legitimate excuses for delaying. But when Saint Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) heard the Lord call him to “Rebuild my church,” he chose to follow Christ whole-heartedly and precisely in poverty. The church has never been the same since.

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