Mystic. Poet. Social worker. Preacher. Evangelist. Missionary. Ascetic. Friar. Monk. Visionary. Saint.
Today, St. Francis is most renowned for being patron saint of ecologists. And while creation was important to this saint, he was first and foremost committed to seeking God and seeking to help other people find this God whom he loved with an overflowing love, a love that demonstrated itself in acts of kindness, prayer, love of creation, miracles, reckless deeds, and mighty faith.
St. Francis is my favourite saint, so I have written about him several times. Here at the pocket scroll:
Saint of the Week: St. Francis of Assisi
What to do with the “Canticle of Brother Sun”
And at Random Ramblings:
St. Francis and Why You Like Him
Many of the mediaeval sources for St. Francis are available online:
The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi by Brother Ugolino
Excerpts from the First and Second Lives of St. Francis by Thomas of Celano
Critical Edition of Latin Texts by St. Francis, ed. K. Esser
Franciscanism is alive and well on the Internet:
The Order of Friars Minor Capuchin (UK)
The Order of Friars Minor Conventual
John Michael Talbot (Catholic singer/songwriter & spiritual father)
The Society of Saint Francis (Anglican)