Happy Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

So today is the Feast of St. Francis, but because it fell on a Sunday this year it is not necessarily liturgically observed in most Catholic parishes today. In any case, I thought I would take this opportunity to offer you all my hopes that you may have a blessed day today! A day that celebrates a gentle and well-spirited man. If he were alive on earth today, I'd have a feeling he would knit too -- if only he borrowed needles and yarn and gave away all his work to the poor.
"The Heavens are telling the Glory of God,
and all creation is shouting for joy!"

No doubt your knitted works shout for joy and give glory to God!

On a side note, I just want to clarify that, although I'm in formation with the Franciscan Friars, I'm not a friar. Not yet anyway. Currently I'm what is called a postulant, I hope to be formally received, God willing, into the Order as a novice next summer. Please keep me and all those in formation in your prayers.
Pax et bonum


albert's picture

No doubt St. Francis was one of the good guys, and undoubtedly would have been a knitter!

Knit et purlum

rjcb3's picture

I'm not a Christian, wasn't raised that way, but, have had the marvelous opportunity to be able to observe everything as an outsider, with a very open mind.

St. Francis, is, indeed, one of my favorite people. He found his way in life by doing charity -- far more than just giving to charitable causes, but actually doing it. It was his calling...to his death -- dying of cold and starvation so that the rest of the world around him would be warm and fed.

Charity is one of the things that I have been taught to "do" all my life -- that the whole world is our community -- and in this day and age, being much more reach-able through the internet, etc. it really brings the point home that the world belongs to all of us and if we take care of each other, then so much better things will come.

What I would do to live such a life! Is it possible for someone to nowadays carve out a little hermitage and serve the world from there; and still keep his own faith? The ancient druids were similar to such friars...keeping the world around them offering hospitality to all who venture toward their lairs. In Judaism (I'm a Kabbalist and fell in love with the Jewish way of life, when I began my journey into that world) they call it "tikkun olam" (perfecting the world).

...and St. Francis was a champion of the Natural world, too. SOMEONE needed to remember to talk to the non-human creatures and minister to them...even if they didn't understand whatever language he spoke, they certainly understood a meal in hard times and a warm bed of hay in the Winter

...and how DOES one minister to the environment? Nowadays, we call it "going green." Do you think he had some insight as to what this world might be like centuries after his own death?

No matter to what path of faith One walks, we're still able to see it so clearly that we're all in this world together and by any other name...

...and it doesn't matter how often I can recite the words or hear them being recited or just saying the words along in unison with the whole group around me...I'm still brought to tears to know the entire "Make me and instrument of Your peace..." prayer.

THIS life-long, born and raised and continually living-the-life Pagan has and always will honor St. Francis. Thank you for this thread.


KjoyPsorrow's picture

Wow, inspiring words! You are absolutely right, "The whole world is our community" & "we're all in this world together". We all stand (or at least should stand) together in solidarity as humanity! The measure of greatness is in the healing of division.
Take care and peace and goodness be with you!

Buck Strong's picture

Francis was the man! When I was confirmed I chose his name for my confirmation name. I've been to Assisi twice. His legacy has created an amazing spiritual place. I'm hoping to spend this next summer there.

"A man may fight for many things. His country, his friends, his principles, the glistening tear on the cheek of a golden child. But personally, I'd mud-wrestle my own mother for a ton of cash, an amusing clock and a sack of French porn." Blackadder

To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring-it was peace.
~Milan Kundera

purlyman's picture

Happy Day to you as well!! Maybe he did knit - one never knows. Maybe Sister Moon taught him - or maybe he taught her?


Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Even though I left behind the Catholic faith of my parents at an early age (was never confirmed) and am now a self identified Neo-Pagan Buddhist, I have always had great love and admiration for St. Francis of Assisi from an early age. When one looks at his message in a time of political turmoil, corruption (secular and religious), and extreme wealth alongside abject poverty and exploitaion, it truly becomes timeless. And, sadly, correlates to our own times. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Darrel's picture

St. Francis is one of my favorite saints, too. The prayer to him (and all of its lovely musical settings) is worth a read, even for the non-religious. Roger said it all, so give it a read and go out and make the world a better place!

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.