LITTLE FLOWERS OF SAINT FRANCIS OF ASSISI, CHAPTER 11
HOW ST FRANCIS MADE BROTHER MASSEO TURN ROUND AND ROUND LIKE A CHILD,
AND THEN TO GO TO SIENA
The incident of Brother Masseo turning round and round was used for the title of this chapter, but one thing that interests me is the juxtaposition of major and minor events. Brother Masseo first notices that he is made to turn round and round, and then that they leave without taking leave of the bishop, and only later notices the greater significance or the quarreling and peacemaking. It is interesting how we go through life noticing less important things and missing more important ones. Sometimes we feel we're doing something great and others don't notice, but only see less important things to find fault with. We should wonder whether we're not doing the same with those around us, noticing little things to complain about and missing great things they're doing. That's the old "accentuate the positive," but I think what's needed is to be more aware of what's important, positive or negative, and to have the moral courage to do or say what's needed in response to either. Too often, things get out of hand that could have been handled better earlier, but were allowed to "snowball." Such a quarrel as described here is a case in point.
Putting God first, as lord of your life, is the first priority.