800th anniversary of the Franciscan order

Today marks 800 years since the founding of the Franciscan order. Perhaps more accurate to say it’s 800 years since Francis of Assisi turned his life over to Jesus, and devoted himself to his service.

Today Francis presents a living challenge, and an historical inspiration to all of those who choose to follow Jesus – perhaps especially as we come into the season of Lent, which is traditionally a time of fasting and reflection, Francis’ way of self denial and absolute commitment to the ways of Jesus reminds us of to take the words of Jesus very seriously.

This year I will be reading more by and about Francis and others like him.

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