May the Lord give you his peace!
My favorite, yet obscure story of St. Francis is “St. Francis and Sister Cricket”. On a hot summer day near Assisi, Francis hears a lonely cricket chirping with joy as if a harp. Knowing the cricket would stop chirping if anyone approached, Francis cried out, “My sister cricket, come to me. Sing, my sister cricket, and praise your Creator.” The cricket began to sing again as the saint gently holds her. For Francis, the cricket’s song echoed the beauty and harmony of God’s creation. Finally, Francis releases it, giving praise for such a small yet beautiful gift of God’s creation. Cf Praying with Francis of Assisi, St. Mary’s Press ©1989
How often have children and even adults crushed underfoot the lives of crickets and a variety of God’s creatures? St. Francis admitted the cricket had reason to distrust him, since he himself might have stepped on him prior to his conversation with the little creature and realizing its true beauty and song.
St. Francis’ conversion involved a deep love not only for the Creator, but all of God’s awesome creation. Francis grew to love and respect all creatures great and small. On October 4th we will once again celebrate the feast of Francis of Assisi. Many will participate in the blessing of our pets, who are our faithful companions. Let us also renew our commitment to protect all of God’s magnificent creation, loving God and our neighbor, especially the poor and vulnerable of our world.
Br. Andy Brophy, Fr. Greg Plata, and their dog, Blanca.
From September 26th and ending on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, October 4th, we will raise your thoughts and needs to the Lord in our Novena Masses and prayers. I hope you will continue supporting the Franciscan Friars of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province, knowing your generosity literally touches thousands of lives.
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Peace and good in Jesus!
P.S. Please send us your generous gift and personal intentions to be remembered during a Novena of Masses ending on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, October 4th.
Fr. Jim Gannon, OFM