Friday, June 8, 2012

A True Leader

Saint Louis IX, king of France, who died after his, I believe, second crusade, was a model leader. He heard Mass every day, at least once. The poor and sick ate with him at table. He bathed the feet of the poor on Holy Thursday. He established a court of justice which enabled the ordinary person to have his grievances heard. He was frequently out and about within his kingdom, not partying it up hidden in his castle. He was a man concerned for justice, for the poor, for the glory of God, who was accessible to his people. He worked for peace amongst other rulers. Truly a saint and truly a model of leadership.

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