“You Only Know as Much as You Do” – St. Francis

“The early Franciscan friars and Poor Clares wanted to be Gospel practitioners instead of merely ‘word police, ‘inspectors,’ or ‘museum curators’ as Pope Francis calls some clergy. Both Francis and Clare offered their rules as a forma vitae, or form of life. They saw orthopraxy (correct practice) as a necessary parallel, and maybe even precedent, to verbal orthodoxy (correct teaching). History has shown that many Christians never get to the practical implications of their beliefs! ‘Why aren’t you doing what you say you believe?’ the prophet invariably asks. As the popular paraphrase of Francis’ Rule goes, ‘Preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary, use words.’

Meditation, Center for Action and Contemplation

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