Heeding God's Voice

by Joyce Rupp

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Oct. 4: Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

We did not listen to the voice of the Lord our God in all the words of the prophets whom he sent to us...
Baruch 1:21


What would cause a young man from a wealthy family to give up all that he owned, including his own luxurious clothes? Falling in love could have that effect. It did on Francis of Assisi. He fell in love with God.

Francis learned to listen to the voice of God through the insights and intuitions deep within himself.

When God called, Francis responded by taking great risks. He chose to center his life on the One whom he loved, and he was willing to give up all his security to do it.

Francis challenged the people of his time to life a simple life without greed. He encouraged them to love the earth and her creatures and to reverence God in one another.

As we celebrate the feast of this saint today, let us ask ourselves: Have I heeded the voice of God in my life? Have I listened to God’s prophet Francis? How much of this saint’s challenge is a part of my life today? Are there ways I can live more simply, more deeply and more freely?


God of love,
in a nation of consumerism and greed,
grant me the courage to hear your voice
and to shed whatever keeps me
from following you faithfully.


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