And it begins again!

Today, after months (maybe even years) of casual research including a ten-day hiking pilgrimage following the last steps of St. Francis into to Assisi, I am starting my next book in the Disorderly Parable Bible Study Series.  This next book will use the stories of St. Francis’ life to teach the concepts found in the Book of Galatians.

It will be a while, but before the book goes to my publisher, this time I want to do a trial run with a small Bible Study group.  So if you live near Johns Creek, Georgia, would like to take part, feel willing to give me feedback, then let me know and I will contact you when the time comes.

Well… here goes… I start each day while I am writing with a prayer that St. Thomas Aquinas wrote in in the thirteenth century:

“O Creator of the universe, who has set the stars in the heavens and causes the sun to rise and set, shed the light of your wisdom into the darkness of my mind. Fill my thoughts with the loving knowledge of you, that I may bring your light to others. Just as you can make even babies speak your truth, instruct my tongue and guide my pen to convey the wonderful glory of the Gospel. Make my intellect sharp, my memory clear, and my words eloquent, so that I may faithfully interpret the mysteries which you have revealed. Amen.” — St. Thomas Aquinas

Please, if ever I come into your thoughts over the next year, please pray that (or a similar) prayer for me!

St Thom

This is a picture I took of St. Thomas Aquinas’ tomb in Toulouse, France on a hiking trip through the South of France.  At the time, I had no idea he had written a prayer that would come to mean so much to me.  Thank you Thomas – I feel as though we’ve met!

 

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4 thoughts on “And it begins again!

  1. I recommend reading the Life of St. Francis written by Thomas of Celano, the friar who wrote his first biography, within a few years of his death. You can use that as a measuring stick against the many colorful stories told about Francis elsewhere. For example, the Fioretti are a colorful collection of stories written a century after Francis roamed around.

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