Most High, glorious God,
Enlighten the darkness of my heart
and give me true faith, certain hope and perfect charity,
sense and knowledge, Lord,
that I may carry out Your holy and true command.
AMEN. ~~Saint Francis of Assisi
Too often we forget that knowledge and good sense are not the same. A firm hold on the true reality of the world is essential to make proper use of knowledge.
Knowledge without works is merely self-indulgence. Of course learning can be a goal in itself as our hobby or our entertainment, but we should always look for ways to use our knowledge for the benefit of others.
Others should always include those creatures that we share this planet with. St. Francis is noted for his care of the natural world that is given us. We should remember that it is not given to us for consumption only but to conserve in all it’s splendor. All creatures are in symbiotic relationship, and our careless spoiling of the environment, either through actual consumption, wanton destruction, or disregard will impact all in ways that we are not yet wise enough to even discern.
Awakening to the fact that we are not the center of creation, but only the stewards, we live out our faith in protecting all God has so graciously given to us.
- St. Francis of Assisi on the Practice of the Kingdom of God (practicalcatholic.wordpress.com)
- Prayers of St. Francis of Assisi (franciscanprayers.wordpress.com)