Tomorrow, the church will remember St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology and namesake of Pope Francis. Francis lived in the twelfth century and preached that the goodness of God could be glimpsed in the beauty of nature. He was said to have preached to birds, led a wolf tamely through a village, and to have arranged the first living nativity with animals.
In 1224, St. Francis wrote the Canticle of the Sun, which praises and thanks God for such creations as “Brother Fire” and “Sister Water.” The song affirms his personal theology, which saw all creation in kinship with humanity, and rejected material accumulation in favor of simple living in harmony with nature.
Centuries later, we still have much to learn from St. Francis. As our planet experiences an ecological crisis of human making, Christians are called to wake up to the natural world around us and live as careful stewards in communion with all God has made.
Join us tomorrow as we remember and celebrate St. Francis of Assisi with a casual gathering at LCM. At our 10:30 coffee break, we will be joined by pets and animals of many kinds. You can hold, pet, and enjoy their presence as well as enjoy a cup of coffee and conversation with others.
Thanks be to God for the miraculous world that surrounds us, and happy St. Francis Day!
See you soon,