St. Francis of Assisi

Julie Lonneman

Artist's Narrative:
Francis, one of the most beloved of all the saints, was born at Assisi in Umbria, in 1181 or 1182, and died there on October 3, 1226. Over and above his well-known spiritual legacy, Saint Francis is considered the first Italian poet by literary critics. He wrote in his local dialect instead of in Latin, believing that commoners should be able to pray in their own language.

Canticle of Brother Sun:
Be praised, my Lord, with all your creatures, especially Sir Brother Sun, by whom You give us the light of day! And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor. Of You, Most High, he is a symbol.

Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Moon and the Stars! In the sky You formed them bright and lovely and fair.

Be praised, my Lord, for Brother Wind and for the Air and cloudy and clear and all Weather, by which You give sustenance to Your creatures!

Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Water, who is very useful and humble and lovely and chaste!

Be praised, my Lord, for Brother Fire, by whom You give us light at night, and he is beautiful and merry and mighty and strong!

Be praised, my Lord, for our Sister Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and produces fruits with colorful flowers and leaves!

Praise and bless my Lord and thank Him and serve Him with great humility!
—Saint Francis of Assisi

His feast day is October 04.


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