Allow me to introduce you to a story… .a story of ancient Italian origin. I am not the original author of this story. The author is unknown. It is a legendary account written after the death of Saint Francis of Assissi. It is one of many such legendary accounts and it contains both an acknowledgment towards the wisdom of St. Francis and a historically practical proverbial lesson. We can learn something from St. Francis and Elias, his brother in the faith. Here is a retelling, in my own words, of the story of Brother Elias and the Angel….
The silent Franciscan convent was impinged by a rowdy knock. The uninformed traveler besieged the door with his untamed fist. “Our Father” corrected Brother Masseo, “Give only three clear knocks and wait for a brother to reply ‘Our Father’ and then come to let you in.” The traveler asked pardon for his haste and expressed his lengthy journey towards St. Francis with whom he desired to speak…. .a man now abiding in devotions, prayer and the forest. “I will not interrupt him,” said the traveler, “May I speak instead with brother Elias, he full of wisdom?”
Brother Elias pulled a weed. He prayed heated prayers to no one, for who would listen? God? Surely not. The angry soul was venting an anger unjustified and oh how the floral delicacies trembled for fear he should miss a gardener’s beat and pull one of they instead! “Brother Elias, come meet with the traveler.” A grunt over the peony suggested that he would not.