2016 Lent Reflection-Week 4

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Monday 07 March 2016

Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe John 4: 48

St Francis denied the suggestions that he was a saint. He kept hidden the marks of the stigmata. He refuse to let people attribute miracles to him. He knew as Jesus did, as Jesus did, the human desire for signs and wonders, for the extraordinary and the marvellous.

We rejoice in the great things that Francis did during his lifetime and continues to do in the communion of saints. But those who spend time meditating on the words of Francis can also feel a twinge of regret for the hiddenness and humility he so valued during his lifetime. It serves as a reminder not to desire fame and fortune but to seek, as Francis did, only the grace of God.

Reflection

Do you want people to see that you a man of God, or do you protect that image to allow God to respond to your signs and wonders?

Pray with St. Francis
All praise be yours, my Lord, through all that you have made, and first my lord Brother Sun, who brings the day; and light you give to us through him. Amen.