By James F. Twyman
Leo will go back and forth with St. Francis basically so far as the Muslim territory, then go back to the opposite brothers with the drawing. in the course of the journey he'll comic strip his portrait, shooting his holy photograph for generations to return.
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What I mean, Brother Leo, is that I have nothing to say, but I pray the Lord will say a great deal through me. That is what the prayer, ‘Make me an instrument of your peace’ means. I am Where there is injury, pardon 61 but the mouth piece of the Divine. As I release my judgments, then God can use me in ways I could not imagine before. If I act on my own, then I act from a place of weakness, not in union with the eternal strength that could be mine. It is mine but to surrender and step back into the arms of the Beloved, not step forward and think that I have the answer.
Just as you said, Brother Leo, each one of us receives from our Divine Parent gifts that are bestowed freely and with joy. But if we do not use those gifts wisely, they grow old and dry, as if they were dead. But no matter how much time goes by, no matter how much we neglect the seed of our Divinity, there is a magical secret which has the power to bring it back to life, unleashing its power. ” “This is how I will keep my promise to you, Brother Leo. I will teach you about that secret, for it is the simplest, most holy thing you can set before you.
They are heathens and deserve the vengeance of Christ. You will surely be killed if you go anywhere near the Crusades. ” Francis stood over the man and continued looking at him with loving, childlike eyes. The monk was suddenly overcome with a feeling he did not understand, and stood to face the two men. His eyes began to fill with tears, and he reached out and placed his hand on Francis’ arm. “Or I may be wrong. Once again, I am sorry for the manner in which I treated you. ” 56 Portrait of the Master The monk turned and walked away, obviously overwhelmed by the encounter.