Thursday, August 31, 2006

John and Rose

Peace! The last two days I have been thinking about Francis and the saints of the day: John the Baptist, whose name he received, and Rose of Lima, patroness of Latin America. Each reveals God working in the midst of success and failure, within human limitations and even evil intentions. That is what Francis teaches me to look for everywhere: the work of God. God bless!

Monday, August 28, 2006

St. Augustine

Peace! Again, the contrasts are remarkable, as are the similarities. Augustine was a rhetor and wrote very elegant Latin. Francis struggled along with his ´bad Latin´(as one of the friars called it). Yet both used the language to express something of the inexpressible: the Goodness, Beauty, and Incredibly Personal Love of God. Thank You, lord, for both. "Our hearts are restless, O Lord, until they rest in You."

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Regina Caeli

Peace! On this day on which we honor is a special way the Mother of God, we also remember that we are called to follow her example and be open to the grace of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit leads me to Mexico for a week to work with some sisters there, so musings will continue in a week (though I've only just begun). God bless!

Friday, August 25, 2006

St. Louis of France

How unalike saints can be, even of the same 'family.' Francis an Italian, son of a merchant from a feisty little commune with anti-aristocratic leanings, Louis a French noble born to be king. One an ascetic with no fixed abode, the other denizen of a palace and father of 10 children. Yet how great is God in working through each? Pax et Bonum!