St. Francis did not see the wood for the trees

The Feast of St. Francis is celebrated in the month of October. St. Francis loved greatly. He loved God above all and loved God’s creation, other people and the wonders of earthly nature included. G.K. Chesterton, in his biography on the saint, reminds us that Francis never missed a moment to treasure the beauty before him, in whatever form it came:

I have said that St. Francis deliberately did not see the wood for the trees. It is even more true that he deliberately did not see the mob for the men…He only saw the image of God multiplied but never monotonous. To him a man was always a man and did not disappear in a dense crowd any more than in a desert. He honoured all men; that is, he not only loved but respected them all. What gave him his extraordinary personal power was this; that from the Pope to the beggar, from the sultan of Syria in his pavilion to the ragged robbers crawling out from the wood, there was never a man who looked into those brown burning eyes without being certain that Francis Bernardone was really interested in him; in his own inner individual life from the cradle to the grave; that he himself was being valued and taken seriously, and not merely added to the spoils of some social policy or the names in some clerical document.

We invite you to honor God’s gift of creation, the gift that St. Francis’ great love is to us, and the Church’s teaching on the environment with the following new resources:

Primer on Care for Creation

Pastoral Aids and Homily Helps for CST: Care for Creation/Stewardship

Please share widely!

Go deeper:
Visit the USCCB Environmental Justice Program.

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