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Finding Joy in All Things
By
Murray Bodo, O.F.M.
Source: Francis: The Journey and the Dream
Published: Sunday, April 14, 2013

As he ran along the roads of Umbria in spring, he wanted to shout to everyone he met how glorious it was to be alive, how beautiful it was in the garden God had made. ...

And he was not worried or anxious about yesterday, today, or tomorrow because Christ is, and all things are in Him and He is in the Father. Francis no longer worried, not because he was a naive optimist, but because he had become in prayer and penance a realist who saw the unimportance of everything but God, and in God and with God and through God, the importance of everything. ...

Union with God, with every man, with every woman, with every child, with everything was love, and love brought joy, not gloom. ...

True worship, true celebration in Francis’ mind was like tramping the roads in spring, the wind blowing in your face and the larks showing off overhead. And you lifted your arms and heart to God and shouted, “Amen,” even when a thunderstorm was mounting above you.

Excerpted from Francis, The Journey and the Dream, by Murray Bodo, O.F.M.


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