Francis: The Troubadour of Goodness
by Sister Georgene L. Wilson, OSF, D. Min.
It took an indulgence of insights
And a mess of memorable moments
To grind the life-lens
That granted gazing wisdom To Francis of Assisi’s deep heart.
Once he perceived the epiphany of
“All is God”
He became the perfect mirror image of “All is Good”:
Grace grown glowing in simple grandeur!
himself of Fame,
fortune and façade.
He donned habits of
No-holding yet all embracing.
He sang blessings on the creature and the Creator.
All is one!
Self-emptying was filled with the trusting abundance of Holy Poverty.
Perfect joy issued celebrative chants of Goodness.
Pardon and forgiveness bore the fruit of reconciling Peace.
Still now he is missioned
To shine as light in darkness,
To breathe hope in despair,
To fathom freedom in fear, and
To channel unity in diversity
Through you and me,
As instruments of peace and goodness.
This way of seeing life as deep love:
Engaging compassion, and Dialoging harmony,
Is a simple spiritual practice.
Bless with beauty, truth and goodness!
Wear the Franciscan heart of praise and affirmation.
Peace and Goodness!