The Evening Sermon on Saint Francis, 1262 - 730 

bors, less advanced on the way of perfection, by his manifest virtue; refreshed them with ardent love by his devout prayers; and filled them with wonder by the miracles wrought through his holiness and goodness. The cross of Christ is the sign of God's perfect works and of all his wonderful deeds. And because Saint Francis may be likened to the heavens in all that he did, we should expect to find the cross imprinted on him, so that by this sign he would be raised on high. The Lord regards the lowly and therefore he looked upon this humble and poor little man, Saint Francis, and imprinted on him the sign of the cross; but the haughty and proud he knows from afar. As Saint James reminds us: God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

Therefore, let us ask God to grant us so to humble ourselves in this life like Saint Francis, that by his merits and prayers we may be exalted in the next. May the Lord Jesus Christ who loves and lifts up the humble, hear our prayer. Amen.

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