Today’s ESpirit, comes from Richard Rohr, a well-known Roman Catholic theologian, spiritual writer and Franciscan, writing on the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi.                   David+

 

In Francis’ world view, the sun, moon, animals, plants, and elements are all shown reverence and even personal subjectivity as “brother” and “sister.”  He is the patron saint of ecology, animals, and peacemaking – because he understood that the entire circle of life has a Great Lover at the center of it all.  He is the only Christian man ever known to attempt two or three trips to dialogue with the “enemy” during the tragic Crusades against Muslims in the Holy Land, telling the Christians they were wrong for crusading and persecuting these children of God!

He is truly a universal man, addressing the same issues that are still urgent and important in our own time: Creation, nonviolence, and the foundational justice issue – living a simple, shared life in this world – which alone makes sisterhood and brotherhood possible.  Francis knew there is enough for everyone’s need, but not for everyone’s greed.

 

The Rev. David J. DeSmith, Priest/Rector