Living during a time period that persistently promotes political correctness and considers the sincere mention of Christianity to be one of its few remaining taboos, perhaps we should think about the city named for trusting Christ — Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Santa Fe is Spanish for Holy Faith. The original name of the city was La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Francisco de Asís, which means The Royal City of the Holy Faith of Saint Francis of Assisi.
“The holy faith of Francis of Assisi” was not a faith built on formal religion and/or dry ritual. Instead, it was a living faith that was based on an intimate, personal relationship with and reliance on the living, resurrected Jesus Christ in everyday life. Francis’ chief desire was to daily follow and obey the living Jesus.
Santa Fe — the city named after the holy faith of St. Francis — has a message for 21st Century America!
Wake up to the reality of the living, resurrected Jesus Christ; turn away from self-focus and self-destructive behaviors; and daily follow and obey the inner voice of Jesus; before it is too late.
Here’s more in Francis’ own words:
“Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.”
“Let us desire nothing else, let us wish for nothing else, let nothing else please us and cause us delight except our Creator and Redeemer and Savior, the one true God.”
“Even though I had committed but one little sin, I should have ample reason to repent of it all my life.”
“It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.”
“God, enlighten the darkness of my heart and give me a right faith, a sure hope, a perfect charity, sense and knowledge, so that I may carry out Your holy command.”
“Keep a clear eye toward life’s end. Do not forget your purpose and destiny as God’s creature. What you are in his sight is what you are and nothing more. Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take nothing that you have received…but only what you have given; a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice, and courage.”
“Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.”