Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of the Poor

 

Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received – only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage.  ~ St. Francis

 

Feast of St. Francis ~ October 4th

 

A well worn cardboard solar cooker

My niece Jade, showing a simple  home built, well worn and weathered cardboard solar oven.

 

Assisi Diocese among 40 Catholic groups to divest from Fossil Fuels
Link to National Catholic Reporter Article, Oct. 3, 2017

 

“The Church that hears ‘both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor’ cannot stay indifferent in front of the catastrophic consequences of the climate change that are unfairly affecting poor and vulnerable communities,” said Assisi Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino.”

 

And also. . .

 

God requires that we assist the animals, when they need our help. Each being (human or creature) has the same right of protection.   ~ St. Francis

 

 

 

Gulls at Neurotsis Inlet

 

Cheers ~ Bruce

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8 thoughts on “Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of the Poor

  1. Reblogged this on Teacher as Transformer and commented:
    St. Francis holds a special place for our family. Kathy and I used the Prayer of St. Francis as part of our wedding ceremony. As well, the Prayer has been part of funerals in my family.

    St. Francis is the patron saint of the poor. I think we are judged on how we help those with the least in our world. In some ways, they have the more than the billionaires and politicians who take from them daily.

    • Ivon – thanks for sharing the inspiration and love of St. Francis. Even though he lived in the 12th century, I believe his message and prayers are relevant to every age. Beautiful that you used Francis’s prayer at your wedding with Kathy. Fran and I borrowed a reading from Thomas Berrry and we used a few words from Teilhard de Chardin on our invitation.

  2. I would never want to suggest we leave the solutions to the problems we have created to our young, but while we do what we can with “what we have left,” I am buoyed with hope when I see how Jade has already at her young age identified ways to use solar energy instead of fossil fuels. She is already poised to contribute to the future in significant ways to address growing environmental stress and crisis. The life and words of St. Francis have guided for centuries, but they feel even more important now. Thank you for shining a light on the need using such a hope-filled encouragement to do what we can.

  3. Yes, the animals deserve better, don’t they? I feed a herd of six deer, including two fawns who have just lost their spots. Urban sprawl has run them out of so many habitats that they have fewer and fewer places to feed and hide. I sometimes wonder if I’m doing them a disservice, recognizing I’m probably giving them GM corn (80% of all corn in the US, these days), but figure they may have to feed me one day, if things keep going the way they are now. Ethanol mandate?

    I like the solar oven. My next project will be a solar herb dryer.

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