Saint Clare (+1253), who met St. Francis, at the age of eighteen, when he came to preach a Lenten mission in her parish, reminds us of our calling to mercy, to compassionate love.
We become what we love and whom we love shapes what we become. If we love things, we become a thing. If we love nothing, we become nothing. Imitation is not a literal mimicking of Christ, rather it means becoming the image of the beloved, an image disclosed through transformation. This means we are to become vessels of God's compassionate love for others.
Yours in our Lord,
pastor and brother