If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. […] And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
We could say a lot about this wonderful and great word that is Agape. But we would like to close this moment with a final thought: Agape is a commitment with practice, new practices … as compassion. Compassion is the virtue of recognizing suffering as the common ground of being human and wishing each person, including ourselves, may be free from the roots that cause suffering. And St Francis teaches us to extend our compassion and even more our fraternity to nature, to animals, to the breeze, to water, to mountains, to trees, until it becomes cosmic fraternity:
Most High, all-powerful, good Lord, Yours are the praises, the glory, and the honor, and all blessing, To You alone, Most High, do they belong, and no human is worthy to mention Your name. Praised be You, my Lord, with all Your creatures, especially Sir Brother Sun, Who is the day and through whom You give us light. And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor; and bears a likeness of You, Most High One. Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars, in heaven You formed them clear and precious and beautiful.
Inspired by Francis’s Canticle, we invite you to think about how you could express agape towards people and the other living beings. We appreciate your presence and commitment. Let’s continue building this common path towards “an economy of friendship with the earth and an economy of peace” together.