“When the world is no longer listening to the words that come from the church, the presence of Christ is all the more powerful”
~Gary Mayes, VP Church Next Collective of CRM, a mission empowering leaders for the church and the church that needs to emerge
“Many people are looking for an ear that will listen. They do not find it among Christians, because these Christians are talking where they should be listening. But he who can no longer listen to his brother will soon be no longer listening to God either; he will be doing nothing but prattle in the presence of God too. This is the beginning of the death of the spiritual life … One who cannot listen long and patiently will presently be talking beside the point and be never really speaking to others, albeit he be not conscious of it. Anyone who thinks that his time is too valuable to spend keeping quiet will eventually have no time for God and his brother, but only for himself and for his own follies.”
~D Bonhoffer, Silence
Being here in Assisi to study the real Francis, in the real Assisi is amazing. This st reformer of the church was so ordinary, so nouveaux riches, then so recklessly abadon. Imagine his father emancipating him in front of the Bishop, and Francis leaving all behind, stripping off the wealthy robes and standing there buck naked, a young man, seeking to really follow in the way of Christ, and giving his life to serving the poor, the marginal, the weak, the oppressed. He drew his disciples from mostly the wealthy – amazing actually… he called rich young rulers to give it all away and follow after Christ. To be here gives context to the story, the person, the life.
His words are ever more powerful, being here, “Everywhere you go, preach the Gospel. If you must, use words.” May we learn to serve, follow and sacrifice that His name be made renown.