Friday, October 4, 2013

Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis is perhaps one of the most known and loved saints. Who can argue about someone who is mainly known for singing the praises of nature and being kind to furry friends? Many non-catholic churches hold pet blessings today and even PETA and the Humane Society highlight this feast day on their websites.

While I do like animals (I unsuccessfully tired to rescue a wounded bird last night, but that's another story.), it's not St. Francis' love of them that draws me to him. The man was bold and outspoken, fear had no grip over him, and his love of the poor was unmatched. I know he is quoted as saying "Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words", but what most people don't know is that St. Francis found it necessary to use words all the time... like he would crash high society dinner parties, stand on a chair, and start preaching. Sound like someone else in our church today? I know Pope Francis is making more than a few Catholics nervous these days, but read this article by Kevin and you might feel a bit better.

So for the Feast of St. Francis we made donuts, which look like St. Francis' tonsure (his donut hair cut). Seriously where do people come up with this stuff?

Well they were delicious with the hot cocoa we drank in honor of the first snow of the season.

We also read an array of St. Francis books.

I struggle to find just one book from the library on any particular saint, but when it comes to St. Francis, there are about a dozen. I think it's the nature and animals thing.

Happy Feast Day!

Be saints, it's worth it!


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