3 Ways to Make a Holy Fool of Yourself

16 Aug

Long before he became an iconic spiritual figure, St. Francis of Assisi was not unlike a modern day frat boy – a popular, privileged kid who loved to party. How did he grow into a revolutionary man of faith?

Simply put: He wasn’t afraid to make a fool of himself. And he can teach us to do the same on our own paths toward purpose.

My new book The Messy Quest for Meaning: Five Catholic Practices for Finding Your Vocation explores several examples of St. Francis behaving like a fool in the world’s eyes – and being rewarded with a deeper understanding of his calling, not to mention holiness. Let’s take a look at three of his lessons.

Please join me over at DatingGod.org, an excellent blog run by Franciscan priest Dan Horan, to read the rest of this post. Dan’s book Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis came out earlier this year. My copy of it is heavily marked up and underlined, which is the highest compliment I can pay another writer. Take a few minutes to check it out!

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6 Responses to “3 Ways to Make a Holy Fool of Yourself”

  1. Fran Rossi Szpylczyn August 17, 2012 at 1:57 am #

    Love it! Fr. Dan is a friend of mine, and that is a great blog post from him!

    • Stephen August 20, 2012 at 2:12 am #

      Thanks, Fran! Fortunate to have made friends with both you and Dan this year.

  2. Galen Pearl August 17, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    I enjoyed catching up and reading your last several posts. I will hop over and read the rest of this one, but I wanted to add here that I especially loved your last post about the toll booth. That was brilliant.

    • Stephen August 20, 2012 at 2:13 am #

      Many thanks, Galen. Always appreciate your interest. The great thing about having a blog is that it provides the opportunity to reflect on and even occasionally redeem the many humiliations in my life.

  3. Hiten August 19, 2012 at 5:09 pm #

    Sounds good, Stephen. I’m going to head over to DatingGod.org now…

    • Stephen August 20, 2012 at 2:10 am #

      Thanks, Hiten. Curious to know what you think of the post. Think there are some connections there with your work on confronting and moving past fear.

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