[Saint Francis] used to say that they must not allow the duties of high office or the responsibility of preaching to stand in the way of holy and devout prayer, going out for alms, doing manual labor when required, and carrying out other humble duties like the rest of the Brothers, as a good example and for the good of their own and others’ souls. He said, “The Brothers under obedience are much edified when their Ministers and preachers gladly devote their time to prayer and apply themselves to humble and undistinguished tasks. Unless they do these things they cannot admonish other Brothers without embarrassment, injustice, and self-condemnation; for if we follow Christ’s example, we must act rather than teach, and our acting and teaching must go together.”
—Edited by Keith Beasley-Topliffe, Upper Room Spiritual Classics: Writings of Francis & Clare (Upper Room Books, 2017)
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But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith.
—James 2:18 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy.
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