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Richard's Daily Meditations

Brain, by clarita. Courtesy morguefile.com  


Overcoming the split of the mind from the body was probably easier for St. Francis because he wasn’t an intellectual. He was almost anti-intellectual because he saw what it did to so many clergy. They couldn’t touch reality anymore. They confused words with reality. Don’t fall in love with words. To this day, most of our arguments are over “your” words in agreement with “my” words. We have burned people at the stake for not having the right words. So, the alternative orthodoxy that is emerging is orthopraxy instead of verbal orthodoxy—lifestyle instead of just saying the right words.

In Francis, his body, soul, and mind seemed to operate as one, which, I think, is the meaning of his stigmatized body during the last two years of his life. It shows that the split between life and death had been overcome in him, while he was alive.

From an unpublished talk in Assisi, Italy, May 2012

Help me walk the journey close to the bottom.