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Perspective Is Everything...

Circumstances in the life of a family member today have me thinking about perspective. The genius of St. Francis and perhaps the longevity of his fame are no doubt related to the perspective he was moved to in his life: which came through struggles and ultimate surrender to the movement of God.

I struggle often with perspective. External forces and internal “demons” handicap my ability to see far beyond my own scope. Preparing for Lent and the things to come, I am resolved (and I invite you to consider) to incorporate a more eternal perspective.

A few issues back, I invited newsletter readers like you to submit short stories of inspiration they’d like to share with other E-news from Franciscan Media Productions readers. The first of these I’ll share is also the shortest. It comes from Susie, and it is simply the inscription she and her husband have chosen to have etched on their gravestone.

Susie wrote: “In our funeral pre-planning, we chose this quote for our marker which is already in place on our plot: ‘Love is stronger than death.’ It hopefully will serve family, friends and strangers passing by with a word of hope, comfort, challenge, insight, wonder, and who knows what other possibilities?”

Perspective—to be sure.

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."