Dear friends, last weekend I had the opportunity to go to Assisi with 5 priest from around the United States who are on Sabbatical with me. We enjoyed visiting the Church that St. Francis built, his hermitage, where he founded the Franciscans, and several other Holy sites in Assisi. All of these places were over 800 years old. As we journeyed through these Holy sites we met individuals from all over the world who were following in the footsteps of St. Francis.
Why were they and doing this, because his message continues to be relevant today. His three greatest messages were:
1) The peace that is found in living humbly; 2) the love and appreciation of all of creation; & 3) the desire for peace among all people.
By living these precepts he was filled with a simple joy and in so doing he has touched millions of lives throughout the generation. If Francis was able to do what he did on a large scale why can't we attempt it at least on a small scale. I believe that we have the same desire that he did. To live life in a way that is meaningful! Let us follow his lead.
God's continued Peace, Fr. Yvon
Fr. Yvon J. Royer