- Posted March 22, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Catholics: Your views on new pope
Give your story a titleInspired by another St. Francis?
The news relating to Pope Francis mentions St. Francis Assisi and St. Francis Xavier, but there is another St Francis who may fit our times better: He is St. Francis DeSales.
Along with St. Jane de Chantal, DeSales founded the women's Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary. He was St. Jane's spiritual director; but in the end, St. Jane counseled him.
His most famous book is "Introduction to the Devout Life," written especially for lay people. He stressed love over penance as a way to ease the heart and soul. He stressed preserving the heart and soul with an evenness of spirit. He talked about doves who make the same sound in both the good times and the bad times; he called it the sweet law of the doves. In this way, he said, we could control that part of us that wants to go to war.
Such a soul is never dismayed either by difficulties of the road it has taken or by the greatness of the work involved. I call it the gift of "holy indifference," where we can go outside ourselves without taking down our heart or soul in the process. We preserve them for our beloved spouse, Jesus.
Our new Pope Francis appears to have these traits.
Ray Tapajna, Cleveland