Francis once told a cardinal, “The Lord has told me that he wanted to make a new fool of me.” How many of us would boast that we’re idiots? We all want to look good, but Francis is showing us a way beyond surety, “bearing patiently not being good and not being thought good.”
God of forgiveness, Francis tells us not to be upset
because of others’ sins or mistakes.
Help us to get over those too.
Pray outdoors as Francis would have done, delighting in creation as God’s temple—doorway to the divine. Then do some small thing to improve the environment—picking up trash, turning down the thermostat, not using a car.