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A Life Line of Saint Francis
"Clothed In Splendor
Saint Francis embraces a leper . . .


Francis could see how the lilies of the field were clothed in splendor.
In the world into which Francis was born,
every effort was spent grasping for one’s own splendor.
To embrace a leper was the farthest thing from society’s perception of beauty and glory.
A chance encounter was more likely to yield revulsion, disgust, and averted eyes.
Certainly not the warmth of a human embrace.
Yet Francis found a sweetness of soul in the lepers inner yearning
to touch a fellow human.
The lepers outer affliction was far less repulsive than the inner leprosy
of the souls of his townsmen of Assisi,
who were consumed in the most dreadful disease of lovelessness.

Francis realized he was now dead to his merchant father’s world of fine linens,
because no beautiful fabric in this world could cover the leprosy of heart
in those seeking beauty, splendor and glory for themselves.
Those shimmering expensive fabrics that once shrouded his life
fell away like a veil, no longer his concern.
Francis wished to clothed himself like the lilies of the field,
clothed only in Christ’s love.
To forsake his family’s inheritance to claim heavenly riches of heart.

When he embraced the leper and kissed him, he found himself clothed in Christ’s love.
A love incarnate in the least of his brothers.
Fresh on his path, Francis was well on his way to the first big step
in how to connect, embrace, liberate and love everyone.
To wear his love like heaven.

Howard Schroeder, sfo

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