On this the feast of our Seraphic Father, St. Francis, I want to wish each of our readers all the blessings, all the graces, all the joys that the Lord, in his infinite goodness, will dispense and indeed does dispense freely on those who turn to him.
The following is from the Admonitions of St. Francis, and it seems to be a useful reminder for both bloggers and commentators (translation courtesy of Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word):
The Apostle says: The letter kills, but the spirit gives life (2 Cor. 3:6). 2. Those are killed by the letter who merely wish to know the words alone, so that they may be esteemed as wiser than others and be able to acquire great riches to give to [their] relatives and friends. 3. In a similar way, those religious are killed by the letter who do not wish to follow the spirit of Sacred Scripture, but who wish to know [what] the words [are] and [how to] interpret them to others. 4. And those are given life by the spirit of Sacred Scripture who do not refer to themselves any text which they know or seek to know, but, by word and example, return everything to the most high Lord God to Whom every good belongs. (Admonitions VII)