Mon - 22.09.14

Thursday 4th October, 2012
St Francis of Assisi. Job 19:21-27. I believe I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living. Ps 26(27):7-9, 13-14. Luke 10:1-12.

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‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’

A recent trip into a rural village of Europe filled me with the wonder of natural gift and blessing. Peace and harmony swirled in the soft wind as flowers, fruits and vines spoke of the bountiful love of our creator. Life seemed lived at a gentle pace. The experience was like a retreat, but I hadn’t even planned for it. Deo gratias! I suddenly understood the feelings of Gerard Manley Hopkins as he expressed wonder and delight in his poem, ‘God’s Grandeur’.

Today we celebrate the life and work of St Francis, known for his love of the natural world and reverence for all created things. His legendary gentleness has touched many lives

St Ignatius, too, contemplated the stars—‘Naming the stars’, he said, ‘is counting blessings.’ These saints knew the nearness of God by living close to the simple beauties of nature.



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