Dear Friends,

May the Lord give you peace!   During these days of the pandemic many of us have more time to think, to read and to reflect.   This may lead us to reading books or articles that we had intended to read but just didn’t have the time to due to study or work.   Perhaps this extra time may cause us to reflect on aspects of life that we never before gave much thought to.   We may even be led to reading the Bible, not for a particularly religious reason but just out of boredom.    

St Francis of Assisi, after a particular illness and crisis in his life had time for serious questioning.   He was led to question his very worldly lifestyle and during a time of reflection and after being joined by a couple of other young men they went to the Scriptures for inspiration and guidance.   After seeking some professional help from a local priest they decided on the following guidelines for their way of life.   These became the guidelines for his brotherhood known today as the FRANCISCANS : 

 “If you wish to be perfect, go sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven, then come and follow me.” ( Mt 19: 21)                                                             

 “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money – not even an extra tunic.” (Mt 19: 21)                                                                        

“If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Mt: 16: 24)                                                                        

Perhaps, Scripture, a book, poetry, or a reflective walk in the beauty of God’s creation may speak to you today, indeed it may be the blessing of Covid 19 for you.   As the old saying goes “every cloud has a silver lining.”   

May the Lord give you peace and joy as you reflect on these few words.