St. Francis Meditation Five: “Bless me, my Father”

I am blogging a daily meditation for the participants (and others!)
of my class on St. Francis…

These are the words St. Francis spoke to a beggar after his own father had disowned him:

“Come with me and be to me as a father, and I will give you a part of the alms that I receive.  When you see Bernardone curse me, if I say, ‘bless me, my father,’ you must sign me with the cross and bless me in his stead.”

Sometimes we need the help and comfort of others to overcome the deep hurts inflicted on us. Sometimes we are called to help and comfort those who are deeply hurt.

If you need comfort, ask God who you can turn to for comfort today and reach out to them – it may not be whom you think it should be.  A beggar was St. Francis’ comforter. If you can give comfort, ask God who you can comfort today and reach out to them.

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April describes herself as a Red Letter Christian who writes about scripture and spiritual disciplines. See her latest book, James in the Suburbs: The Disorderly Parable of the Epistle of James. Great for an individual read or group Bible studies! You can follow her blog by clicking on the three dots in upper right hand of this page and scrolling down.

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