St. Francis

St. Francis of Assisi: he did not have a Facebook page, an Instagram account, Linkedin, Snapchat, etc. Chances or you have no idea what he looked like, but his mark on this world resonates. We are more than our bodies, our physical appearance; we are a conglomerate of the impressions we leave upon the world. This incredible man was the patron saint of animals, a champion of the poor, and the downtrodden. Not saying people should vie for sainthood; simply that value lies in more than a meme or picture or opinion. I am an internet queen; I am not dispelling it’s worth. With the times comes the advent of social media; there are many positive uses and quality things out there, however, often we find ourselves involved with the negative. If I do not get distracted by arguments and ideas in such a manner, I find my day goes much more smoothly. I have many friends who have strong opinions on issues; I do not discount these and value their thoughts,as it provokes me to research these and develop thoughts on subjects. I simply stay out of disagreements; I am a pacifist of sorts and choose to stay neutral. Again, this is not dispelling other’s opinions; they have their own beliefs and reasons behind them, often completely valid and personal. This morning, I will take a lesson from St. Francis, and shower the world with love. If you are not familiar with this man, I urge you to research and enlighten yourselves. I leave you with his prayer:
“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me bring love.
Where there is offense, let me bring pardon.
Where there is discord, let me bring union.
Where there is error, let me bring truth.
Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.
Where there is despair, let me bring hope.
Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.
Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.
O Master, let me not seek as much
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love,
for it is in giving that one receives,
it is in self-forgetting that one finds,
it is in pardoning that one is pardoned,
it is in dying that one is raised to eternal life.”

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