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Why Did You Let Yourself Be Captured?
Murray Bodo, O.F.M.
Source: The Simple Way
Published: Sunday, April 28, 2013

One of the brothers brought Saint Francis a little rabbit that had been caught in a trap. When Saint Francis saw the rabbit, he said, “Brother Rabbit, come to me. Why did you allow yourself to be tricked like this?” And the rabbit jumped from the brother’s arms and fled to the saint and lay in his lap as the safest place possible. After he had lain there for a while, the holy father Francis, caressing it with motherly affection, released it so it could return free to the woods. But every time Saint Francis placed it on the ground, the rabbit turned and jumped into his lap. Finally Saint Francis commanded one of the brothers to take it to a nearby wood and release it.

Though Francis loved creatures and even spoke to them, he never held on to them or tried to keep them from being who they were. He loved them and praised God through them and with them, but he did not try to make them his own. How possessive am I of the gifts that God has given me in other creatures, human or otherwise? Can I release them and let them live free of my control of them?

Adapted from The Simple Way: Meditations on the Words of Saint Francis, by Murray Bodo, O.F.M.

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