O Wisdom, Come and Show Your People the Way to Salvation.
A reading from ‘The Legend of the Three Companions’ of Saint Francis.
While he was completing the church of San Damiano, blessed Francis wore the habit of a hermit: a staff in his hand, shoes on his feet and a leather belt around his waist. Then, one day at Mass, he heard those things which Christ tells the disciples who were sent out to preach, instructing them to carry no gold or silver, no wallet or purse, bread, walking stick, or shoes, or two tunics. After understanding this more clearly because of the priest, he was filled with indescribable joy. ‘This,’ he said, ‘is what I want to do with all my strength.’
And so, after committing to memory everything he had heard, he joyfully fulfilled them, removed his second garment without delay, and from then on never used a walking stick, shoes, purse or wallet. He made for himself a very cheap and plain tunic and, throwing the belt away, he girded himself with a cord.
Applying all the care of his heart to observe the words of new grace as much as possible, he began, inspired by God, to be a messenger of evangelical perfection and, in simple words, to preach penance in public. His words were neither hollow nor ridiculous, but filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, penetrating the marrow of the heart, so that listeners were turned to great amazement.
As he later testified, he learned a greeting of this sort by the Lord’s revelation, ‘May the Lord give you peace!’ Therefore, in all his preaching, he greeted the people at the beginning of his sermon with a proclamation of peace.
O Wisdom, O holy Word of God, you govern all creation with your strong yet tender care. Come and show your people the way to salvation.
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