May the Lord give you peace! We have come to an even greater awareness of our Brother and Founder St. Francis of Assisi since the election of Pope Francis. The life of St. Francis is really worth reading, particularly the Life by Thomas of Celano commissioned by Pope Gregory IX (1227-1241). Celano completed this assignment in 1229 only three years after the death of St. Francis. Needless to say there are many lives of the Saint that could be recommended but you can’t go far wrong by reading Celano.
Francis loved nature, he loved flowers, indeed he loved all created things and this is a little extract taken from Thomas of Celano – The First Book p.251 Francis of Assisi – Early Documents:
‘How great do you think was the delight the beauty of flowers brought to his soul whenever he saw their lovely form and noticed their sweet fragrance? He would immediately turn his gaze to the beauty of that flower, brilliant in springtime, sprouting from the root of Jesse. By its fragrance it raised up countless thousands of the dead. Whenever he found an abundance of flowers, he used to preach to them and invite them to praise the Lord, just as if they were endowed with reason.
Fields and vineyards, rocks and woods, and all the beauties of the field, flowing springs and blooming gardens, earth and fire, air and wind: all these he urged to love of God and to willing service. Finally, he used to call all creatures by the name of “brother” and “sister” and in a wonderful way, unknown to others, he could discern the secrets of the heart of creatures like someone who has already passed into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.’
I’m hoping that this little blog will encourage you to find out more about St. Francis of Assisi, our Founder and guide.
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