The real St. Francis of Assisi
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(01-31-2012, 12:08 PM)Warrenton Wrote:
(01-30-2012, 05:52 PM)StrictCatholicGirl Wrote: Of course, I realize St. Francis is famous for being the “peaceful man by the bird bath.” That's because he wrote enough canticles to the creatures to merit that image, though I admit it's not a complete picture. What we need is a COMPLETE picture, not a so-called masculine one vs. a feminine one.

The problem with our world today is that it is very hard to conjure a correct balancing of the masculine and feminine within the persona.  The medieval period was rather more effective at this, and the ideal is summed up in the motto of the Calverts "fatta macchio, parole femine," which means "manly deed, womanly words."  That was the idea of courtesy.  In a world when when all men were rugged, what set a man apart was his ability to exercise restraint, to reflect.  If one thinks of the Grimm's Tales, the heroes (men and women both) do not rely on their physical power, or their beauty - they are heroic because they think.  Having lost this balance, St. Francis today appears as a conflicting personality, while in truth, he was in extraordinary balance - a perfect harmonization of the medieval values which were quintessentially Catholic.  He was courtly, he was tough, he was devout, and he voluntarilly became poor in imitation of Christ.  He led by example, which is the last thing leaders today do.  The last man to die in any modern war is the nation's leader.

Vorhis's observations are correct in themselves, and perhaps his attempt to restore masculinity is better than the suppression of its positive aspects in modern society.  For the long haul, though, we need to reject both the crying politician and the macho gangsta.  We need chivalry.  

I really like your thoughts. Thanks.
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Re: The real St. Francis of Assisi - by Norbert - 01-30-2012, 05:07 PM
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