•What hope is there for a blind beggar?
•How committed is Bartimaeus in receiving a cure from Jesus?
•What does he do once cured?
•If you were healed of your affliction today, what way would you follow?
And once he heard and understood the Word of God, he tried to put it into practice in his own life. For him the Word was life and not to live it was to deprive himself of really living. That was what the dream was really about in his own mind: to dare to live radically and simply, to take a chance on Christ. And what caused inestimable joy in Francis and his brothers was that the Gospel worked. If you tried to live it without reservation, you suddenly experienced a whole new worldview and you felt as though you had never lived before.11
Bodo, Murray, Francis: The Journey and the Dream
, St. Anthony Messenger Press, Cincinnati: OH, 1988, p. 39, 40.
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