February 17, 2016: Going to the Birds

~by Susi Pittman

Saint Francis lived a beautiful life in harmony with creation. He acknowledged all things as wanted and loved by God. He executed the love of divine providence by respecting creation for the dignity and stability that God instilled in it as a particular good.

One of the most infamous and popular moments in Francis’s life is recorded as the sermon he gave to a flock of birds. Francis and his friars were traveling along the road, when Francis looked up and saw the trees full of birds. Francis ran eagerly toward the birds and asked them to listen to the word of God.” The sermon overflowed with Francis’s love for creation and it’s Creator: “My brother birds, you should praise your Creator very much and always love him; he gave you feathers to clothe you, wings so that you can fly, and whatever else was necessary for you. God made you noble among his creatures, and he gave you a home in the purity of the air; though you neither sow nor reap, he nevertheless protects and governs you without any solicitude on your part.” The birds acknowledge the great Saint by extending their wings for Francis’s blessing.

Francis felt that it was important for all creation to praise and love their Creator and is recognized today as the Patron Saint of Animals and of the Ecology.

The Father knows when even the sparrow falls


Susi Pittman is founder of CatholicStewardsofCreation.com and Owner-President of Twin Oaks Publishing; she is author of Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know!; an advocate for the Florida Catholic Conference;
a member of the Florida Publishers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States and the National Audubon society.



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