FRANCIS AND THE BIRDS depicts Saint Francis' feeding and preaching to the brightly colored and patterned birds gathered around him. The large and small all peacefully gather together and accept Francis' gift of food. We pause from our own lives to give to others.
Stories, poems and songs on Francis’s love of nature inspired me. He spoke to the birds as his brothers and sisters, and they loved him in return.
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;
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.
- Prayer of St Francis