"God's Law and the Heart"
March 13, 2024, 6:00 AM

Franciscan Fractals: “God's Law and the Heart”

Contemplating today’s culture with the wisdom of Jesus and St. Francis.

“Says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, “Know the Lord,” for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.” Jeremiah 31:33-34


This little boy’s father, Munzir, lost his right leg when a bomb was dropped as he walked through a bazaar in Syria. His son, Mustafa, was born without lower or upper limbs due to tetra-amelia, a congenital disorder caused by the medications his mother, Zeynep, had to take after being sickened by nerve gas released during the war in Syria. Mustafa will need special electronic prostheses in the future. The prosthetics are not yet available to him.


Spend time viewing this photograph. Then, ask yourself the following questions, “What is God’s law?” “Where is God’s law in this picture?” And, “Is God’s law in my own heart?”


Sometimes a picture is all that we need to be moved from how we see the world to how God sees it.


Prayers and Blessings,

Fr. John