Feast Day of St. Francis 2020

Posted: October 4, 2020 by Ty in Spirituality
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On Day 202 of C-tine we arrive at the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi. He was a son of a wealthy man, who attempted to avoid his calling to live the gospel life. He was not against learning and academia as many would paint he and his followers with. Brother Francis wrestled with the gospel teachings, and learning them by rote. He was much more of a discovery learner. The idea of ensuring that one could live each lesson, before moving to the next.

There is also many amazing stories of Francis and his followers. From his understanding that not everyone was called to celibacy, that bambinos were needed for the work to flourish (hence the third order), he believed that women were to be just as active in the gospel life not cloistered away in prayer but living prayer in action (hence the Poor Clares, and Sister Clares’ constant work for having their own rule, see the legend of Hot Crossed buns)…he lived his caretaking for creation as was given to us in Genesis 3.

If you want to discover stories and teachings, I encourage you to explore Murray Bodo’s work, Leonardo Boff, John Michael Talbot and many more. For a family good resource, I encourage you to seek out Robert Kennedy Jr.’s story book (I used it in my time in the Anglican communion for spiritual formation with all ages). For a powerful retelling of his life, I direct you to Kazanzakis’ book on him.

Take time to reflect on this Feast Day of St. Francis, for his life was lived to embrace the open hand, and lift up the least of these. The most powerful stories was his forced redistribution of wealth from the church back to the people. In this day, what is the treasury that Francis would look to for this action? Corporations? Billionaires?

Take time to reflect today, how for years we have been hearing from workers, our elders, that the 24-7-365 technology social media driven society was wearing one out, creating distance and disconnect. Real connection was harder to achieve…and as a algorithmic result…it was becoming easier to see one another not as neighbour, but as other-enemy. 202 days into c-tine, and we are hearing the reality of fatigue, clearly from all areas the need for self-care and mental health care, the importance of authentic connection with one another, and choosing wisely who is in your cohort for your holistic health…belonging matters…is c-tine the Holy Mystery’s real time simulation/reality of a life we have been living that has been destroying us?

And now the Canticle of Creatures Francis is believed to have composed:

Canticle of Creatures

Small yellow Cross

Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord,
All praise is Yours, all glory, all honour and all blessings.
To you alone, Most High, do they belong,
and no mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your Name.

Praised be You my Lord with all Your creatures,
especially Sir Brother Sun,
Who is the day through whom You give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendour,
Of You Most High, he bears the likeness.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,
In the heavens you have made them bright, precious and fair.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air,
And fair and stormy, all weather’s moods,
by which You cherish all that You have made.

Praised be You my Lord through Sister Water,
So useful, humble, precious and pure.

Praised be You my Lord through Brother Fire,
through whom You light the night
and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.

Praised be You my Lord through our Sister,
Mother Earth
who sustains and governs us,
producing varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.
Praise be You my Lord through those who grant pardon
for love of You and bear sickness and trial.
Blessed are those who endure in peace,
By You Most High, they will be crowned.

Praised be You, my Lord through Sister Death,
from whom no-one living can escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin!
Blessed are they She finds doing Your Will.
No second death can do them harm.
Praise and bless my Lord and give Him thanks,
And serve Him with great humility.

For other reflective prayers: Franciscan Daily Prayers.

Blessing of St. Francis

Small yellow Cross

The Lord bless you and keep you.
May He show His face to you and have mercy.
May He turn His countenance to you and give you peace.
The Lord bless you.


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