Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Sabatier: the value of simplicity

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
    Feast of Francis of Assisi, Friar, Deacon, Founder of the Friars Minor, 1226
    Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, in the holiness and sincerity that are from God. We have done so not according to worldly wisdom but according to God’s grace.
    —2 Corinthians 1:12 (NIV)
    The gaps in [St. Francis’] education were of marvellous service to him. More learned, the formal logic of the schools would have robbed him of that flower of simplicity which is the great charm of his life; he would have seen the whole extent of the sore of the Church, and would no doubt have despaired of healing it. If he had known ecclesiastical discipline, he would have felt obliged to observe it; but thanks to his ignorance he could often violate it without knowing it, and be a heretic quite unawares.
    ... Paul Sabatier (1858-1928), Francis of Assisi [1894], tr. Louise Seymour Houghton, New York: C. Scribner’s sons, 1922, p. xxi (see the book)
    See also 2 Cor. 1:12; 1 Cor. 2:4; 15:10; 2 Cor. 4:2; 10:2-4; Jas. 3:17-18
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, lead me to simplicity in Christ.
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