17.3.09

St Louis IX, King, on washing the feet of the poor.

Jean, Sieur de Joinville relates...

...At another time King Louis asked me I washed the feet of the poor on Maundy Thursday. 'Your majesty,'I exclaimed, 'what a terrible idea! I will never wash the feet of such low fellows.' "Really,' said he, 'that is a very wrong thing to say; for you should never scorn to do what our Lord Himself did as an example for us. So I beg you, first for the love of God then for love of me, to accustom yourself to washing the feet of the poor...'

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