Saint Francis is my confirmation saint and I have learned a great deal from him and his lessons of simplicity and love. However for a while i have been taking a seccond look at him and although there is a great deal from him I find many flaws in his way of life.
I have been reading the bible and the saint’s writings but i find a problem what he preaches. He talks about giving off all your possessions and living simply and free from worry and complete reliance on God and free from responsibility. Now I have to say to me this sounds like a very attractive way of life. But in reality it is a child’s life not a man’s life. Someone in the world has to take responsibility.Another Book I have been reading is Theodore Roosevelt’s book Fear God and Take Your Part.
in this book he discusses how necessary for us as individuals and as a nation to Fear (love) God. However as he also says:
“But in addition to fearing God, it is necessary by that we should be able and ready take our own part. The man who cannot take his own part is a nuisance in the community, a source of weakness, an encouragement to wrongdoers and an added burden to men who wish to do what is right. If he can not take up his own part somebody else has to take it up for him; and this means that his weakness and inefficiency place an added burden on some other man…”
also as it says in Thessalonians
3:8 Nor did we eat food food that we revived free from anyone. On the contrary, in toil and drudgery, night and day we worked so as to not burden any of you."
3:10 " In Fact, when we were with you, we instructed you that if anyone was un willing to work, neither should that one eat."
I struggle with this Idea of the Franciscan life style is it really moral to not provide for yourself and your family and rely on charity alone?