Sunday, February 3, 2013


"What distinguishes the Christians whose faith is deep, burning, powerful, and luminous is...seriousness. Seriousness is not the opposite of joy but of superficiality.

"Francis of Assisi was such a lighthearted, whimsical, musical, gentle man. But that was only part of his character. On the other side was the totally dedicated, unbending, relentless search for truth and reality. A Jesus-haunted man who gave up all to obtain all.

"His seriousness changed him from the wealthy son of a comfortable Umbrian home into the blind ragged beggar of Mount Alvernia. It was his seriousness about what he read in the Gospel that turned his life into what it was." -
Brennan Manning, Lion and Lamb

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