“God Would Kneel Down”
I think God might be a little prejudiced.
For once He asked me to join Him on a walk
Through this world,
And we gazed into every heart on this earth,
And I noticed he lingered a little bit longer
Before any face that was
and before any eyes that were
and sometimes when we passed
a soul in worship
God too would kneel
I have come to learn: God
St. Francis of Assisi, translated by Daniel Ladinsky in Love Poems from God. St. Francis did not write formal poetry, but in Ladinsky’s collection, he translates spiritual masters and mystics across centuries, cultures and faiths, and reframes their prose as poetry.
St. Francis came from a very wealthy family, and early on, enjoyed that wealth, but when he was a young man, he had a radical vision from God and it completely reoriented the trajectory of his life. He famously and sincerely became a disciple of Jesus, aligning himself with the poor and those marginalized by society. Rather than becoming a hermit, or an outcast himself, hundreds of young people were inspired to follow him and his ways. To this day, Franciscans are a charismatic and powerful order that works hard for the “least of these.”