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Right relationship is central to the spirituality of St Francis and St Clare. The values of reconciliation and forgiveness call us to make these relationships authentic and rooted in the Gospel of Christ. Our fractured and hurting world cries out for the healing that can only happen by embracing and living these challenging values.

Francis gives a very practical example of how we can do this in the following advice to his brothers:

“I wish to know in this way if you love the Lord and me, His servant and yours: that there is not any brother in the world who has sinned—however much he could have sinned—who, after he has looked into your eyes, would ever depart without your mercy, if he is looking for mercy. And if he were not looking for mercy, you would ask him if he wants mercy. And if he would sin a thousand times before your eyes, love him more than me so that you may draw him to the Lord; and always be merciful with brothers such as these.

(A Letter To A Minister: 9-11)

Artwork right: Healing Touch ©Mary Southard Used with permission