A Spirit of Joy

Posted by Franciscan Media on Jul 21, 2017 5:45:00 AM

Saint Francis was an instrument of joy | Image: Wikimedia Commons

The secret of Saint Francis’ joyful spirit was his vibrant belief in a God of overflowing goodness and love. Francis was so in love with God that at times he would pick up two sticks from the ground, tuck one under his chin like a violin and move the other over it like a bow. Then, in an ecstasy of joy, he would sing in French songs of love and praise to God.

Francis used to say that he wanted his followers to go about the world like strolling minstrels, “to inspire the hearts of people and stir them to spiritual joy.” They give us an example to follow in our own day!

–from the blog “The Peace Prayer of Saint Francis”


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