You may think of St. Francis of Assisi as a religious brother wearing a habit. That came later. At first he was a Catholic guy out in the woods who wore strange clothes. Not everybody was thrilled. It’s hard to imagine that this habit and this religious order that we take as such an institution today was at one time seen as either cutting edge or slightly off and, in either event, very different. But the way this guy decided to love Christ and live his life continues to have direct influence on us today - even to the way our churches are decorated. Not one Catholic church today does not have the mark of St. Francis on it. Just look up at the Stations of the Cross.
At a typical Catholic parish, there are hundreds to thousands of people per clergyman. It can’t be like the Super Bowl to paraphrase someone more clever than I, where there tens of thousands of people desperately in need of exercise watching 22 guys desperately in need of rest. We are all called, in different ways, to carry on the work of Christ.
St. Francis’s work was not a ministry of his parish, he didn’t have a budget or an announcement in the bulletin. He didn’t have an official sponsor or a team T-shirt. What he did have was love of Jesus and desire to spread His word so he experimented and did it. Some things were wildly successful and some were not.
Support of an official organization is great when you can get it but not getting it is not an excuse not to serve. It means be more creative. The greatest changes in the Church have always come about when an individual man or woman has decided to take the faith seriously, not when they have been awarded poster space in the narthex of the parish church.
What is your love for Christ calling you to do?