Reflections on the Wisdom from St. Francis
by Fr. Bobby
"As Jesus revealed Himself to the holy apostles in true flesh, so He reveals Himself to us now in sacred bread and wine, His holy Body and Blood." (St. Francis, Admonition 1)
St. Peter says in the reading today, "Although you have never seen Him, you believe in Him." It is true that we do not see Jesus in His human body, as the first disciples did. St. Francis, however, marveled at Jesus' mercy: he left us a sacrament in which we can see Him, in his Body and Blood made present in the mass. And Francis says we are like the apostles, who "saw only His flesh with their bodily eyes, yet believed He was God as they contemplated Him with their spiritual eyes." We are called to see with the same eyes of faith: "As we see bread and wine with our bodily eyes, let us see and firmly believe that they are His most holy Body and Blood living and true." Jesus Christ is truly the Word made Flesh, and He is the Risen Lord, risen in both Body and Spirit. This is the message of hope celebrated at every mass, which St. Francis clung to so tightly and so was able to fall completely in love with Jesus Christ.
Fr. Robert Barbato, OFM Cap, is the Vicar and Student Director at St. Conrad Friary–Capuchin House of Studies in Berkeley.
As Capuchin Franciscans we follow St. Francis of Assisi as brothers, living the Gospel in prayer, fraternity and ministry, witnessing simply to Jesus Christ and the Church as a joyful presence of hope and salvation to all, especially to those most in need.
PRAYER - Rooted in our Capuchin contemplative tradition and expressed in many forms
As followers of St. Francis, desiring to be conformed more perfectly to the crucified and risen Christ
- We affirm that our prayer is rooted in our Capuchin contemplative tradition and is expressed in many forms.
- We seek to witness both personally and communally to affective prayer.
- We seek to become a living prayer and joyful presence to draw others to Christ.
FRATERNITY - Rooted in mutual love, humble reverence and respect for one another and for all people
We Capuchins are friars minor, rooted in mutual love, humble reverence and respect for one another and for all people.
- Individually and communally, we commit ourselves to be in greater solidarity with the poor.
- We manifest a compassionate caring attitude toward one another as brothers.
- We affirm, animate, support and encourage the building of community.
MINORITY - Following the meek and humble Christ and sharing our joy as lesser brothers by walking with people of every social condition
As brothers of St. Francis, we faithfully follow the meek and humble Christ.
- We cultivate a disposition of humility and respect of the dignity of others.
- We share our joy as lesser brothers by walking with people of every social condition and by being instruments of reconciliation.
- We commit ourselves to the evaluation of our lifestyle, both individually and communally.