LITTLE FLOWERS OF SAINT FRANCIS, CHAPTER 7

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HOW ST FRANCIS PASSED THE TIME OF LENT IN AN ISLAND, ON THE LAKE OF
PERUGIA, WHERE HE FASTED FORTY DAYS AND FORTY NIGHTS, EATING NO MORE
THAN HALF OF ONE LOAF

What interests me in this chapter is the parallel with Jesus' life, and
in fact, this parallel is mentioned in this story. There are many
parallels between Old and New Testament stories, which has given rise to
the concept of "types," people or events in the Old Testament which
point to parallel examples in the New Testament. Abraham sacrificing
Isaac as a "type" of God sacrificing Jesus, for example. These Flowers
of Saint Francis stories aren't the only examples of parallels between
the lives of the saints and Bible stories, either. We could put this on
a more personal level and say that part of the charm Bible stories
and stories from the lives of the saints have for us is, we can see
parallels in our own lives. There's been no example of fasting forty
days and forty nights in my life, but many of us have, ourselves, or
know others who have, found a way to slip off for a while where no one
could find us in the hope that we could leave the distractions of the
world behind. I think seeking parallels with our own experience is one
good way to find application for these stories in our own lives.




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