St. Francis of Assisi has been the most inspiring role model in my life, and he wore a hoodie. An early design, perhaps, but a hoodie nonetheless. He was a mystic. And a prisoner of war. In today's terms he'd also be called a feminist and an environmentalist.
He walked away from his life of materialistic goals, and war and violence, and sat amongst the stones of a church in ruins waiting for the wind to tell him what to do next.
He began again. He cared for the sick. He loved. He developed a new way of living for men and women. He was no longer popular with the many, only with the few. He simplified. He stayed close to and learned from nature. He called the sun his brother and the moon his sister. He celebrated all life. And he wrote:
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,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.