Through the Eyes of St Francis of Assisi

 O most high and glorious God,

open wide the door that leads me to your love

As you think of St Francis of Assisi, I’m sure what comes to mind is the image of il poverello, the saint who embraced poverty and is the icon of a life devoted to the poor, the man who was the lover of creation, who spoke of Brother Sun and Sister Moon, and who was the friend of all creatures.  From Francis we have that wonderful outpouring of praise of God, The Canticle of the Creatures, in which he praises God through all aspects of creation: Praised be you, my Lord, through all you have made … . Francis is also known for the stigmta, the wounds of Christ that appeared on his hands, feet and sides.  He had a great devotion to Christ crucified and preached about this throughout his life.  La Verna in Italy is the place where Francis received the stigmata, and if you are ever in that area it is well worth winding up the narrow mountain road to the little monastery up there.  Francis is always depicted in his simple brown robe, often with a bird perched on his hand or shoulder and surrounded by animals, and there are also numerous depictions of Francis receiving the stigmata…


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Ms Kerry McCullough

Dean of Mission