October 7, 2015: Saint Francis of Assisi and Murray Bodo

~by Susi Pittman

All created things are simply something loved by and wanted by God. No one knew this any better than Saint Francis of Assisi who emptied himself to the will of God and celebrated his love for the Creator by his very being. Francis believed that all of creation was God’s gift to man and was therefore to be treated as a valuable treasure, called to a dignity given it by the Creator.

Nowhere is Saint Francis honored more than at the “hearth” of the Catholic Church. Each year around the October 4th feast day of Saint Francis, Catholic churches across the country celebrate a special ceremony called The Blessing of the Animals*, that remembers Francis’ love for the “lesser brethren and the gift of creation.” The stories of Francis’s involvement with the animals are legendary. Perhaps the greatest truth that Francis embraced and then emanated towards all who met him was that true happiness comes from loving Christ and feeling His love. Francis was a man who saw that “all that the Father gives” enters into being through Christ and Francis forever lost his heart in the love of Christ.

Out of my love for St. Francis of Assisi, I would like to recommend a marvelous Franciscan Friar who is my inspiration for this love…his name is Murray Bodo. At the age of thirteen, he read a book on St. Francis and lost his heart and found his vocation.

The book that Friar Bodo wrote, that I fell in love with that was written by him is titled, Francis: The Journey and the Dream. This book is not a biography of St. Francis, but 77 vignettes of the life and thought of this great saint. It is a book to be savored. It is poetry and prayer in words and it leads us to reflect on our own path in creation.

Friar Bodo’s latest book, Francis and Jesus, is now available.

You are about to be led on a wonderful journey with both Jesus and Francis, by Fr. Murray Bodo, who has earned the right to speak about both of them.—From the foreword by Richard Rohr

Friar Bodo’s latest book, Francis and Jesus, is now available.

You are about to be led on a wonderful journey with both Jesus and Francis, by Fr. Murray Bodo, who has earned the right to speak about both of them.—From the foreword by Richard Rohr

For Friar Murray’s books and more information, visit his website HERE.

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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 St. Joseph’s Catholic Council of Women in Jacksonville, Florida; an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Augustine;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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