Thursday, October 04, 2012

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

Art: Apotheosis of St. Francis, Giotto
Basilica of St. Francis, Assisi.

Poverty of spirit.

"If you now yearn to know how that happens (mystical communion with God), ask grace, not doctrine; desire, not the intellect; the groaning of prayer, not the study of the letter; the spouse, not the teacher; God, not man; darkness not clarity; not light but the fire that inflames everything and transport to God with strong unctions and ardent affections. ... We enter therefore into darkness, we silence worries, the passions and illusions; we pass with Christ Crucified from this world to the Father, so that, after having seen him, we say with Philip: 'that is enough for me'." - St. Bonaventure 

Happy feast day!


  1. i have such a hard time with this because i don't trust the heart and emotions. i know where they've led in the past ... it ain't pretty.

    1. Your heart has to be in the right place. The emotions just need to be mortified. :)


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