Franciscan Wisdom

Franciscan Wisdom

One of Siena’s signature strengths is its Catholic Franciscan Tradition. It is an 800 year-old legacy of intellectual inquiry and Christian spirituality inspired by St. Francis of Assisi’s transformative experience of God.

It stresses:

  • the goodness of God and the goodness of God’s creation
  • the humility of God and our call to serve humbly the least of our brothers and sisters
  • the love of God in whose image we were made to share life, love, and the good things of the earth with one another

This webpage offers a weekly sampling from Fr. Bill Beaudin, O.F.M. of the riches of the Franciscan tradition. May it help you to make the legacy of St. Francis your own.

Thought of the Week

From the tradition:

We must never desire to be above others, but, instead, we must be servants and subject to every human creature for God’s sake.St. Francis of Assisi, Later Admonition and Exhortation, 47

For your reflection:

The celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has taken on a new relevance and a particular poignancy this year. Over the past several months, events in cities as far-flung as Ferguson, New York and Paris have reminded us that we have miles to go in the long march toward racial, ethnic and religious harmony. The world of the 21st century is by no means a color-blind utopia. It is certainly not immune from the seductions of clannishness and tribalism.  Governments do their best to keep immigrants at bay under the false pretense of national security and employment protection for their own citizens. The wisdom and complementarity of the world’s great religions are demeaned and rejected by both religious zealots on the right and militant atheists on the left. Racism, xenophobia, intolerance and the demonizing of faith traditions are still very much in vogue, and few want to address, let alone resolve, the economic injustices that fan the consuming flames of violence. Until more and more people are converted to St. Francis’s path of humility; until they drop the illusion that their race, religion, gender, ethnicity or net worth somehow makes them better and more entitled than those who are different from themselves; until we approach one another not from a position of power, but from a place of lowliness, openness and vulnerability, then Dr. King’s dream of a world at peace with itself and with its Creator will remain just a dream.

For your prayer and petition:

Most High, you chose to become most low in the poverty and humility of Christ, your Son. May we enter more deeply into the mystery of your self-emptying love so that our world might approach more closely your just and peaceable reign.