Nimeshindwa kuiweka hii story katika blogu yangu kwa kuwa ninaamini aliyofundisha St. Francis na ningependa na wewe usome na pengine uamini kama mimi. Watumishi wa Mungu ni wa kuombea kwa kuwa wanakutana na vishawishi vingi sana na pengine kwa nguvu zao wenyewe si wote wanaweza kutimiza yote yanayoagizwa juu yao. Ni kama askari walio mstari wa mbele vitani, wanaonekana haraka na kwa kuwa ni hatari zaidi kwa adui (shetani) wanakuwa kwenye nafasi ya kushambuliwa zaidi kuliko wengine. Hata hivyo hiyo sio kisingizio cha kutimiza ahadi zao, bado wana option ya kuamua kama Mtume Paulo alivyosema, anayeweza kuishi kama mimi na aishi, na asiyeweza basi na aoe.
Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do. But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry (1 Corinthians 7:8-9)
St. Francis wanted all of his brothers to honor and lovingly obey all members of the clergy, especially priests who have, as St. Paul said, 'the responsibility of watching over your souls'. Francis' rationale for honoring the clergy is based on the fact that it is GOD that has decided to act through them . . . to bring Christ back into the world physically, during the Mass, and HE ALWAYS deserves our honor and respect!
"If I were to meet at the same time some saint coming down from heaven and any poor little priest, I would first pay my respects to the priest and proceed to kiss his hands first. I would say, ‘Ah, just a moment St. Lawrence, because this person’s hands handle the Word of Life and possess something that is more than human. These hands have touched my Lord, and no matter what they be like, they could not soil Him or lessen His virtue . . . To honor the Lord, honor His minister . . . He can be bad for himself, but for me he is good." (This was a reference About a priest accused of a sinful life).
"Do not judge before the time for God alone knows the human heart" and "I don't count myself as being secure but continue to strive in faith for that which I have been called to receive." This is proof that none of us are safe - not even Apostles or priests! Therefore, this priest (unlike St. Lawrence) might not even make it into heaven! Who, then, deserves the greater respect, St Lawrence, perfected and already welcomed into heaven or this priest who, even if faithful now could prove unfaithful in the future?!
Francis tries to make his point about honoring priests even clearer: "To honor the Lord, honor His servant." The servant is here to act and speak on His Master's behalf. The priest, though just a servant, brings us eternal gifts from God! Since the Master is not present physically the only way to honor Him is to honor His representative - the priest. You are honoring the priest not for any ability or knowledge of his own but because he was sent by God - who deserves all honor and thanks for the gifts carried in His messengers hands.