"The words and gestures of Francis are manifestations of a soul completely surrendered to God."
Brennan Manning, "Reflections for Ragamuffins"
I love this today. Brennan Manning talks about how St. Francis embraced everything...from nature and critters (they were his brothers and sisters) to the people of his time, some of whom were frankly, hard to love. Francis embraced all and served all. He was able to overlook the faults and failings of others and embrace as we are all called to do. And, the way Francis was able to do this was through his complete surrender to God. This is such a lesson for us, Friends! As we prepare to gather around the heavily-laden table of thanksgiving, we can take such a rich lesson from St. Francis. We can realize our place in God's world, as friends and lovers of nature. And we can realize that it is not our job to judge each other, but to embrace each other, as Francis did. Love, heidi