St. Francis Meditation Eight: “Weapons”

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

These words are how St. Francis answered the Bishop of Assisi when he encouraged St. Francis to give up his opposition to owning property:

“If we possessed property, we would have need of arms for its defense. For it is the source of quarrels and lawsuits, and the love of God and one’s neighbor usually finds many obstacles in it.  This is why we do not desire temporal goods.”

St. Francis forbade everyone in his order including the Secular Franciscans (families and single people with secular careers) from bearing arms. Is there a relationship to the ownership of property and violence in our world today?  Pray over the Christian response to the problem of violence.

On Oct 5th, the day after the Feast Day celebration of St. Francis, there is a market set up in Assisi.  Here is a guy selling guns and a nun looking them over.

On Oct 5th, every year, the day after the Feast Day of St. Francis, there is a market set up in Assisi. I caught a picture of a guy selling guns and a nun looking them over.  What would Francis say?

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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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