Friday, October 04, 2019

St. Francis: study your nature

Friday, October 4, 2019
    Feast of Francis of Assisi, Friar, Deacon, Founder of the Friars Minor, 1226
    Just before dawn Paul urged them all to eat. “For the last fourteen days,” he said, “you have been in constant suspense and have gone without food—you haven’t eaten anything. Now I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive. Not one of you will lose a single hair from his head.”
    —Acts 27:33-34 (NIV)
    Every one must study his own nature. Some of you can sustain life with less food than others can, and therefore I desire that he who needs more nourishment shall not be obliged to equal others, but that every one shall give his body what it needs for being an efficient servant of the soul. For as we are obliged to be on our guard against superfluous food which injures body and soul alike, thus we must be on the watch against immoderate fasting, and this the more, because the Lord wants conversion and not victims.
    ... St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), in Saint Francis of Assisi: a biography, Johannes Jørgensen, London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1912, p. 103 (see the book)
    See also Acts 27:33-34; Ps. 63:4-5; Matt. 4:1-2,11; Luke 4:1-2; John 4:31-34; 1 Cor. 8:8; Col. 2:21-23
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, lead me to see the good things in life as Your provision.
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