On October 4th, teachers and students from St. Francis High School celebrated the Feast Day of St. Francis. Their chaplain led the celebration with a reflection on the symbols that had been placed at the altar: the San Damiano cross in front of which St. Francis was praying when he heard God call; a carving of Noah's Ark representing St. Francis as the patron saint of animals; and brown cloth to represent simple living and the life of poverty that St. Francis chose.
In following the example of St. Francis, the school's chaplain asked the students to take the time to listen to the path that God wants them to choose. The students were called upon to rethink the focus on material things common in our North American society and, instead, to choose a life of deep meaning and purpose. Students were cautioned about becoming slaves to possessions and accumulating stuff. In contrast to personal wealth, they were encouraged to pursue spiritual wealth.