Francis giving his cloak to a poor man
In holding up St. Francis as example to us as with his many titles (Patron of Peace, Patron of Animals, Patron of Nature, Patron of Italy, Patron of Ecology), the Church is communicating that all these things are significant and are deeply important. Reflecting on St. Francis and how he lived his life, Pope John Paul II called for an 'ecological conversion' in each of us so that we also can live in greater peace and harmony with the earth and our Creator. Promoting peace, justice, and caring for creation become for us pathways toward holiness.
St. Francis invites us along this path to holiness, to promote peace, justice, and to be in kinship with all of creation. This call to ecological holiness is as relevant today as when Francis wrote the Canticle of the Creatures over 800 years ago; it is an integral part of Franciscan spirituality today expressed and in sites such as 'Praying Nature with St. Francis of Assisi.' The friars invite us to live inspired by the life and spirituality of St. Francis - who believed that all created beings praise and glorify God just by being themselves.
Francis preaching to the birds.
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