How my Favorite Band Lead me to Think of St. Francis of Assisi

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My on-my-way-to-school routine is incredibly unoriginal. I hop into the car, with my dad driving, and pop out my phone. Reaching for the audio cable, I begin to figure out with what song I am going to start off my day. The choice of song usually consists of my current obsession in my little world of music. Currently, it is Rend Collective’s new album “The Art of Celebration”. They have such an incredible talent for writing Christian music.  The lyrics are beyond beautiful and poetic, the way it should be when it comes to music that talks about such extraordinary things.  And yes, in case any one was wondering, I am in love with folk music as well. So one can see why I love their music oh so much.

Getting back to my thrilling car routine, as you could have guessed, my choice of music this lovely morning was off of Rend Collective’s new album. In order for me to have as much music-listening-car-time possible, I pulled up the album on my phone in a crazy rush and pressed the shuffle button. The song that came on was “All That I Am”. I then sat back, and began to wonder about what saint I should blog about today. Suddenly zoning back in, I  started to pay attention to the lyrics of the song. As the string melodies and clapping raged on the track I heard the band singing:

“Take every treasure, take this life Everything’s on the altar now
No holding back, no holding out
In view of Your matchless sacrifice
Take every treasure, take this lifeAll that I am for all that You are, my Lord
All that I have for all that You are, You’re the
Pearl beyond price, greater than life
All that I am for all that You areSelfish ambition and my pride
I’m giving up, I’m letting die
In these empty hands I have it all, have it all
The pure joy of knowing You, my LordAll that I am for all that You are, my Lord
All that I have for all that You are, You’re the
Pearl beyond price, greater than life
All that I am for all that You are
It’s only in surrender that I’m truly free
It’s only in surrender that I’m free
(All I have is Yours, my Lord)
It’s only in surrender that I’m truly free
I am free, I am free indeed
I am free, I am free indeedAll that I am for all that You are, my Lord
All that I have for all that You are, You’re the
Pearl beyond price, greater than life
All that I am for all that You are”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iucg_fLH68o   (link to this wonderful song)
The song ends and it hits me… those lyrics apply perfectly to St. Francis of Assisi! I press the replay button, even though my dad is more than likely very tired of this song and I tune in once more.            “Take every treasure, take this life. Everything’s on the altar now. No holding back, no holding out.In view of Your matchless sacrifice.Take every treasure, take this life.”             Francis was born into a family of  rich Italian fabric merchants in the middle ages. He had it all. He was rich. Charming. Always surrounded by friends. Went to parties. Then, something changed. He found God, he had an epic conversion. He knew that God was calling him to do something great… to serve. He knew beyond doubt that he had to let go of the life he lived before. That life was no longer going to fulfill him. He had found something much greater and knew that this was all he needed to attain perfect happiness. Material things were not necessary. Francis also knew that God would take care of all his needs, so he gave away all of his possessions.  He began to live an incredible life of poverty and service completely dedicated to God. In this life of radical poverty, he died to his desires and lived only in Christ, which brought him tremendous joy and peace. He became known throughout Italy and a very saintly man, and soon other young man began following his example. And thus Franciscan community was born.          ” Selfish ambition and my pride. I’m giving up, I’m letting die. In these empty hands I have it all, have it all. The pure joy of knowing You, my Lord.”
              “All that I am for all that You are, my Lord. All that I have for all that You are, You’re the pearl beyond price, greater than life. All that I am for all that You are.”                 St. Francis longed to become more and more like Christ every day. He poured himself out in love  for the poor. He did not serve the poor because he had something against the rich, but because he saw that in the poor Christ is so visible. He longed to bring Christ to the world, and thus he was a gifted preacher. Although, he would be able to do neither of the above without the incredible life of prayer that he had. This was the source of his being. From prayer  he received all the graces necessary to serve and evangelize. In using this beautiful equation of prayer and then service, he became a mighty saint and a light  to the world. Francis truly was like the merchant who upon finding the pearl of great price, sold all he had to buy it (Matt 13:46).
Contrary to popular opinion, St. Francis did not hang out with animals all day long (although he did have a special taking towards them), as we can see his life was much more heroic than only this. This reflection is only a taste into the beautiful story of the hero who was St. Francis of Assisi.  There are so many things that should be mentioned when speaking about his life. All the events he experienced. All the things he said and did. This could truly go on for hours, so much so that God willing in the future we will revisit his awe inspiring life. Even though this post does not contain the every detail of his life, this information is the core of who Francis was. His grace filled conversion. His faith in our Lord. The humility of his life. His prayer life. Everything else are only (incredible) details of his story (even the adorable animal stories). From these amazing things, Francis went on to do countless other incredible things.  These few things lead him to become a hero (a.k.a saint).
Let us pray for the grace to be like St. Francis. To trust in God the way he did. To have the courage to follow God’s will for us. To always serve with a joyful heart and to humbly bring Christ to everyone we know. To have the courage to strive toward sanctity. It’s only in surrender that I’m free.
St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us!
God Bless you!
Maria
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