Francis fell out of the moving ranks and went to that broken down building and began the work to lay one stone upon another. This story is really an inspiring story, but I’m not wanting to focus on it all here. I just want to point out, without a word, his actions drew others to the work. One stone was put on another and eventually the building was built, dedicated to the Lord and opened to all who would desire to come and worship. It was outside of that building that Francis once again heard the calling of God, “Build My Church.”
Francis had an epiphany, it was not the building but the people God wanted him to ‘build’. It was then that in his humility he began to focus on reaching the people and eventually filled that building and many others as well. God wanted Francis to Build, not tare down. God wanted Francis to build up the people and in doing so, to build the church which is the Called of Christ.
Most of the world realize that St. Francis was a humble and poor monk who became one with all of nature. The painting of him with the birds and animals surrounding him are recognizable by most of the world, “That is St Francis”. Though he harmonized with nature, it was the supernatural which he was called to serve. He was called to build the church of God.
Much has been said about the new Pope’s humility and life style of simpleness and not lavish at all. He rode the bus instead of riding in the back of a limo. He cooked his own meal rather than be cared for as the Arch-Bishop and Cardinal of the Church in Argentina. He lived in a humble apartment rather than the Bishop’s mansion. All of these things point to the attitude of humility and frugality of St. Francis. But his history is with the Jesuit Order. He is both well educated and humble. (Obama certainly can learn a thing from the new Pope in this regard.) Educated in the fashion of the Jesuits and it seems this Pope has taken the path of the Franciscans through life style and example.
I expect that his bowing for the prayers and blessings of the people today sets the tenure of his office for all time. He is a Pope humble enough to ask the church to pray over him rather than him lording it over them. I expect his “names sake” Francis was not lightly taken but will be the example which he leads the Roman church now, and into the future. This pleases me greatly.