"The Vision of St. Francis" (detail) by Jusepe de Ribera

“The Vision of St. Francis” (detail) by Jusepe de Ribera

“Wherefore, O you sons of men, how long will you be dull of heart? (Ps 4,3). Why do you not recognize the truth and believe in the Son of God (Jo 9,35)? Behold: daily he humbles himself (Phil 2,8) as when from heaven’s royal throne (Wisd 18,15) he came down into the womb of the Virgin. Daily he himself comes to us with like humility; daily he descends from the bosom of the Father ( Jo 1,18; 6,38) upon the altar in the hands of the priest.” (St. Francis of Assisi, Deacon and Confessor, The Body of the Lord)

The Memorial of St. Francis of Assisi, Deacon (1181 – 1226) is October 4.

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