"Endeavor, My son, rather to do the will of another than thy own."
"Ever choose rather to have less than more."
"Always seek the lowest place and to be inferior to every one."
"Always wish and pray that the will of God may be entirely fulfilled in thee."
I spent some time meditating on each of these four in light of them being offered as the way of peace, liberty and rest. These four things describe St. Francis perfectly! In my mind's eye I could picture scenes from Francis's life that fit one or more of the above. Give it a try. Think of your favorite story about our beloved saint and see how many of them reflect the four lessons.
Now comes the hard part. Think about some of the personal events in your own life. How many of these four reflect your actions? I found that these can be very convicting. As you move into Lent 2013 use these lessons as a measure of your spiritual progress. It can also serve as a form of examination of conscience for confession. POC. Bob, OFS