September 22, 2006
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In preparation for our Yom Kippur interfaith component on Francis, I watched Franco Zeffirelli‚Äôs Brother Sun, Sister Moon this week. Wow. 70‚Äôs Christian melodrama at its best and an inspiring portrayal of the twelfth century Francis, complete with a Donovan soundtrack!
One of my favorite lines was delivered by Alec Guinness, playing Pope Innocent III:
For in our obsession with original sin, we often do forget original innocence!
I‚Äôve also pulled up a seminary paper I wrote in May ‚Äô03 on ‚ÄúThe Comparable Vitae of St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) and St. Sergius of Radonezh (1314-1392)‚Äù. Not one of the strongest papers I wrote in grad school, but a good refresher for me on these two saints.
The great saints of history were men and women who lived in total devotion to Christ. The most revered of these changed the way the Church thought this was possible. As the ecclesiastical structures on earth canonized (from the Greek word meaning ‚Äòstandard‚Äô) these saints, they sometimes changed their own rules and standards for how salvation was thought possible.