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St. Francis and Answering God’s Call
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It is also a mesmerizing story of a wonderful mother who taught her three children morals and manners and was sometimes thought of as a saint, and a father who was anything but a saint, though his religious background gnawed at his very soul. It is a story of a man who tried to juggle three families at the same time and found out that it cannot be done.
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A man who lied and cheated and made his children victims of his lies. It is a spiritual story of a daughter's forgiveness of the lies he told, which is a criteria for complete and peaceful existence. But most of all, it is a story to help warn young women to beware of egotistical men who flatter too much, flirt too much, cry too much, and who lust for too many. Show More Show Less. No ratings or reviews yet. Be the first to write a review. Best Selling in Nonfiction See all. One is that although he sought radical detachment from the world, Francis believed that he and his followers should engage in manual labor in order to procure necessities like food.
Begging was always a secondary alternative When it came to Catholic dogma and doctrine, Francis was no proto-dissenter. Nothing more, nothing less. The killing of animals or seeing them suffer upset him deeply More generally, Francis saw the beauty in nature and the animal world as something that should lead to worship and praise of God 58 —not things to be invested with god-like qualities. No-one should be stunned by any of this.
Saint Francis of Assisi was, after all, a Catholic. He therefore accepted the Jewish and Christian insight that not only is the Creator the Lord of his creation, but that the summit of his created world is man.
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Awareness of this basic truth, according to Saint Ignatius of Loyola—the founder of the Jesuit order to which Pope Francis belongs—is central to growing closer to God. Man has been created to praise, reverence and serve our Lord God, thereby saving his soul.
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So it follows that man has to use them as far as they help and abstain from them where they hinder his purpose. Neither Ignatius of Loyola nor Francis of Assisi treated the created world as a rosy abstraction. In the end, however, we should remember that while Francis of Assisi continues to have many things to say to everyone today, at the core of all those things is the Catholic vision of God, man and the world.
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One can safely say that, for Saint Francis himself, any other interpretation would be impossible. Francis of Assisi , Stewardship. More Reasons to Avoid Public Education. Has Science Run Its Course? Crisis Magazine is a project of Sophia Institute Press.