The Most Difficult Saint to Know

Yesterday was the feast day of St. Francis. Sts. Dominic and Francis were contemporaries, and founded the orders that bear their names at more or less the same time. (It amuses me that the Franciscans, the Order of Friars Minor, which is to say the “Little Brothers”, were found just slightly before the Dominicans.) It’s been said that Dominic is the most difficult saint to love; and Br. Leo Camurati, OP, argues that St. Francis is the most difficult saint to know. Francis has always been much loved, and many have desired to hitch their ideological wagons to his star; the poor fellow is now so encrusted with wagons that it’s hard to see him as is. Go listen to Br. Leo to make a start at it.

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