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What Drew Me to the Franciscans

More than 40 years ago, Murray Bodo, OFM, wrote what is perhaps the seminal modern biography of Francis of Assisi, called Francis: The Journey and the Dream. Father Murray says this of Saint Francis’ appeal to young people: “What registers with young people today, is that many are still trying to find fulfillment in their own lives. They see in Francis someone who—once he gave up worrying about himself and found God, but also the other person, nature, things around him—he began to feel a sense of purpose.” Roger Lopez, OFM, found himself drawn to Francis’ way of life. Enjoy his video testimonial. 
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Live Like Saint Francis

His name was Saint Francis of Assisi, and he used to praise God the Artist in every one of God’s works. Whatever joy he found in things made, he referred to their maker. He rejoiced in all the works of God’s hands. Everything cried out to him, “He who made us is infinitely good!” He called animals “brother” or “sister,” and he exhorted them to praise God. He would go through the streets and byways, inviting everyone to sing with him. And one time when he came upon an almond tree, he said, “Brother Almond, speak to me of God.” And the almond tree blossomed.
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