Tag Archives: Saint Francis of Assisi

Francis and the wild things

Of Saint Francis’s ability to lure birds and beasts there can hardly be any question. But the modern reader may well inquire as to the nature of his alluring power and may ask science for an explanation. Unfortunately science seems … Continue reading

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no sympathy for the three-legged pig

Saint Francis of Assisi’s love was not limited to birds and beasts. When possible he would throw fresh caught fish back into the water, urging them to not let themselves be taken again. A cicada made its home beside the … Continue reading

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saint francis and the wolf man cometh

Saint Francis set us straight about the democracy of all god’s creatures, but he still enjoyed a pig’s foot stew and never thought of becoming a vegetarian…. Only less than birds, Saint Francis loved the beasts. He was always moved … Continue reading

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love was the clue

For most moderns, devout worshipers or not, Saint Francis represents the appreciation of love of nature, of the physical world, of mere wonderful earth and fire and water. This was one of Francis’s discoveries, revelations. Of course the men of … Continue reading

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trilogy of a divine comedy: purgatory, passion and produce

Measured against the accelerating transformation of our own society, the Renaissance seems like a relatively minor cultural revolution in the history of humanity.Futurologists like Alvin Toffler suggest that the changing conditions of life we are now experiencing are so profound … Continue reading

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REAP WHAT YOU SOW?

In the present day understanding, modern science is supposed to have begun in 1543, when both Copernicus and Vesalius published their great works. It is no derogation however, to point out that their accomplishments did not appear overnight. The distinctive … Continue reading

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OIL SPILLS & MORAL SHILLS

The time and expense spent on rescuing and rehabilitating animals amid the Gulf oil spill has given rise once more to the issue of animal rights, and the question of whether animals have souls; A return to the ¬†faith leaders … Continue reading

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