St. Francis of Assisi: Apostle of fatherhood and brotherhood

St. Francis of Assisi: Apostle of fatherhood and brotherhood

The Lord bless you and keep you. May He show His face to you and have mercy. May He turn His countenance to you and give you peace. The Lord bless you, brother Leo.  St. Francis pronounced these words of blessing to his companion and friend, Brother Leo, in a time when Leo was going through spiritual desolation. I would love this month to have St. Francis accompanying us in our journey with the saints and repeating this blessing with that same love and strength. Interestingly enough, the centuries that separate us from his life could not erase the memory of his words of blessing that we can still read nowadays on the parchment kept intact in the lower basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy. Francis borrowed these words from Scripture that in the book of Numbers...

Stronger than death

Stronger than death

“Thus says the Lord God: Look! I am going to open your graves; I will make you come up out of your graves, my people, and bring you back to the land of Israel. You shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and make you come up out of them, my people! I will put my spirit in you that you may come to life, and I will settle you in your land. Then you shall know that I am the Lord. I have spoken; I will do it—oracle of the Lord.” – Ezekiel 37:12-14 Yes, I will open your grave. Yes, I will open and uncover everything that awaits redemption in this tomb of yours. The odor of your humanity. The tatters of a love never fulfilled. Your bones, dry and brittle. The dust of your daily toil. I have no fear of your tomb. I desire to enter into this place that...