Saturday, June 29, 2013

Jun 29 (1776) Happy Bday San Francisco! "This is My commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you."

Mission Dolores in 1876  Photo: Greg Gaar Collection

On this day in 1776 Lieutenant José Joaquin Moraga and Father Francisco Palóu founded the Mission of San Francisco de Asis (aka "Mission Dolores") near 16th and Dolores in today's San Francisco Mision district. The Mission of San Francisco de Asis  became the cultural and religious center of the Spanish colony. When it became part of the United States in 1848, the city took its name from this Mission settlement (preferring it over Yerba Buena).

On this day in 2013, thousands (including me) will be celebrating here, a momentous advancement in civil rights.

Given all the activity this day holds for San Francisco, it's a good time to be reminded of the legacy and wisdom of Saint Francis himself. Rule 11 from his Rules of the Friars of Minor is excerpted below.

11-That the Brothers ought not to speak or detract, but ought to love one another.

Let [the brothers] love one another, as the Lord says: "This is My commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you." And let them show their love by the works they do for each other, according as the Apostle says: "let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth." Let them "speak evil of no man," nor murmur, nor detract others, for it is written: "Whisperers and detractors are hateful to God." And let them be "gentle, showing all mildness toward all men." Let them not judge and not condemn, and, as the Lord says, let them not pay attention to the least sins of others, but rather let them recount their own in the bitterness of their soul. And let them "strive to enter by the narrow gate," for the Lord says: "How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life, and few there are that find it!"

The Image is from Foundsf.org, a picture of Mission Dolores in 1876.


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