View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Secular Franciscans and Colossians

While waiting for the official book to be tackled in formation to come in (Francis and Clare: The Complete Works), we are reading Paul's Letter to the Colossians.

The St. Paul connection is there in this Pauline year, so perhaps that is the reason for reading one of his letters. But is there a particular Franciscan connection to Colossians? I plead ignorance.

The issues of false teachers, questionable spiritual beliefs (placating spirits) and ascetical practices have resonance today.

The verse, "Put to death, then, the parts of you that are earthly: immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and the greed that is idolatry." (3, 5) certainly touches on issues with which I struggle.

The next meeting is next Friday - the night before the Rochester Chesterton conference. A full weekend indeed!


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