Today is the feast of St. Francis of Assisi….here’s a quote from Father Richard about Franciscan thought.
NATURE AS MIRROR
Tuesday, October 4
Feast of St. Francis of Assisi
I think what modern men and women lack is a deep sense of belonging.
That sense of belonging is given to you by God from your very birth, and
then it is mirrored to you in the natural world—if you are looking and
listening. In nature you can overcome your sense of separateness or
alienation—and know you are a part of the whole. If Franciscan
spirituality means anything it is founded on a very positive image of
human nature and all of creation, “original blessing” instead of
There is a kind of therapy that I’d like to call “proactive”
therapy, in which you don’t try to heal your wounds afterwards.
Instead, you rely on your inherent connection with everything and are
healed ahead of time into a kind of “hidden wholeness,” as Thomas
Merton called it. I call it “the Unified Field,” or as Gerard Manley
Hopkins called it “the dearest freshness deep down things.” Inside
of the Unified Field you find that it is a good world and you also are
inherently good, not because you are independently perfect (you never
will be!), but because you belong to the Whole—that is always and
deeply good and perfect in its Wholeness (the pleroma, or “fullness”
of Colossians 1:19-20 ). To live inside of such fullness is what it means
to be a Franciscan.