The Catechetical Saints
Part 19

 

Some questions, answered truly, can transform a life. It is said that St. Francis once spent an entire night in contemplation,
repeating over and over again the same query:
many are asking today.

Who are You, my God, and what am I?

 

                                              
And
shortly after that night of asking awe, God deigned to grant Francis the wounds of the Passion of His Son.

To the first question of the Seraphic Patriarch: Who are You, my God? the CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH offers the inquiring heart an array of inspiring answers:


GOD is the fullness of being and of every perfection,
without origin and without end.
(#213)
GOD is truth itself, whose words cannot deceive.
(#215)
GOD is eternal blessedness, undying life, unfading light.
(#257)
GOD is himself an eternal exchange of love, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
(#260)

Before the mystery of the Godhead, St. Francis could only bow down in humble adoration, exclaiming: And what am I? He recognized that


Faced with GODís fascinating and mysterious presence,
man discovers his own insignificance. (#208)

 

Yet it is a discovery that neither demeans nor dehumanizes. For St. Francis and St. Clare also realized that the faithful soul is Godís mansion and throne, that Even now we are called to be a dwelling for the Most Holy Trinity:

 If anyone loves me, says the Lord, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him, and make our home with him. (#260)

Pondering these truths transformed the lives of the saints. May we allow them to transform our lives, too.

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