Do Not Be Afraid of Others’ Opinions
Reflection: Matthew 10:20; Mark 13:11; Luke 12:12; John 21:22–23
Fear not to appear little and contemptible, or to be called by men fools and madmen; but announce penance in simplicity, trusting in Him who overcame the world by humility; it is He that will speak in you by His Spirit. Let us take care that we do not lose the kingdom of heaven for any temporal interest, and that we never despise those who live otherwise than we do. God is their master, as he is ours, and he can call them to himself by other ways.
Francis of Assisi (1182 – 1226)