First Friday October 2013
St. Francis is greatly misunderstood in our day but was, in fact, a true son of the Church. By his words and example, he made innumerable converts. The Gospel for the Mass of his feast day emphasizes his charity. He was an utterly selfless man. The Little Flower, St. Thérèse, despite all the differences between her life and St. Francis’, shared many similarities to him in spirit. She promised to spend her Heaven doing good on Earth. Poverty of spirit makes one recognize his nothingness. We must remember that sometimes God sends us suffering to open our eyes to the truth.