The Word Among Us

June 2015 Issue

A Poor Church for the Poor

Pope Francis’ witness to poverty of spirit

By: Fr. Guy Noonan

A Poor Church for the Poor: Pope Francis’ witness to poverty of spirit by Fr. Guy Noonan

One of the most touching stories about St. Francis of Assisi is his encounter with a leper outside the city gates. It began when he received the following message in prayer:

If you want to know my will, you must hate and despise all that which hitherto your body has loved and desired to possess. Then...

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