St. Francis of Assisi famously instructed, “Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.” The dictum possesses a delicious double entendre. Clearly, Francis counsels that we need to rethink what it is to preach the gospel. Words and actions are not divorced. Both are necessary. However, when it comes to preaching, actions really do speak louder than words. The gospel finds expression–lives, breathes, moves, and has its being–in what we do as much, if not more, as in what we say. Francis rocks!
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