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Servant of Christ the King
By
Murray Bodo, O.F.M.
Source: Francis: The Journey and the Dream
Published: Sunday, November 25, 2012

St. Francis would have had no trouble imagining Christ as a great king. On his way to the crusades, he heard a voice say, “Francis, is it better to serve the Lord or the servant?” “Oh, sir, the Lord, of course.” “Then, why are you trying to turn your Lord into a servant?” And Francis, trembling in recognition, replied, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” “Go home, Francis, and think about your first vision. You have seen only the appearances and not the heart of glory and fame. You are trying to make your vision fit your own impatient desire for knighthood.” And Francis, shaken and fully awake, understood now that he had taken too much into his own hands. He realized that impatience had driven him to act too quickly and that he must wait and listen and purify his heart to hear deeper words than he had imagined. He had tried to make God’s will serve his own impatient desire for glory. He had not really listened.

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