St. Francis of Assisi
Mystic, Teacher, Founder of the Franciscan Order,
Patron Saint of animals and the environment
On this, the 800th anniversary of the day that you turned your life completely to Jesus, pray for me, that I might have the courage and grace today to do the same, at least in my own, small, ways.
“O Holy Christ, our shepherd, we bleat before you.
“O Holy Ghost, our inspiration, we dance before you.
“O Holy One, even our foolishness brings you praise.”
–A Prayer with Francis, by Jon M. Sweeney (from The St. Francis Prayer Book). Courtesy of Jon M. Sweeney.
Portrait of Saint Francis by James Starks, an artist living and working in Santa Fe, New Mexico.