by Fabrice Hadjadj | Source: www.review.humanitas.cl

In today's speech it is common to hear constant references to the financial crisis, global warming, ecological destruction, as well as a general cultural crisis. Christian thinkers go further and describe the current situation as an anthropological crisis, which even questions the meaning of the human body, the elementary nature of parenthood and the conception that children emerge as a fruit of love and not from a manufacturing technique that aspires to constitute man as a perfect product in the market of men. Francis of Assisi, from his time, gives an answer for times of crisis. For a Christian, eternity occurs in the present time, in a love already manifested on earth and which consists in viewing one's neighbor and all Creation in God. The Franciscans assume this vision facing the reality of nothingness or poverty, and advance toward it as the point in which God shows his creative power that can sprout and flourish in it.

   Saint Francis calls us to become one with the poor, and because of the misery and powerlessness of those very words, he looks for the possibility of rendering praise worthy of the Creator in union with the rest of creation, in order to properly honor God in a canticle that appeals to the end of times and welcomes the future of eternity.

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HUMANITAS  Review III, pp.36-47.

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