Today is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. I am reminded of the words spoken to St. Francis from the crucifix of the Church of San Damiano, “Rebuild my Church”. Although he was originally confused by the message, he eventually realized that God meant the Church not the church.

While St. Francis is most remembered for his love of nature and preaching to the fishes, his message goes much deeper than that.

Today, God is asking each one of us to rebuild his church. Do we heed his call?

Please remember in prayer all those who strive to follow St. Francis. Especially my own favorite franciscan, Cardinal Sean O’Malley.

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