jump to navigation

Francis of Assisi October 6, 2016

Posted by anagasto in history, poetry.
trackback

.

In public domain https://espliego.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/st_francispreachingtothebirds_giotto.jpg

.

Saint Francis is one of the few Saints that are still widely remembered and understood.

Like other saints, he was also a poet, but his Praise of the Creatures is still understood by modern readers. He talks to the creatures one by one as brother or sister and wants each of them to praise God. Even Death is addressed that way, as you will see below, if I can find the quotes.

Above he is seen preaching to the birds.

Added today October 7, 2016

The painting is by Giotto al fresco, a technique that uses watercolours on wet plaster.
……………………………………………………………………………………………….

.

Saint Francis is throwing the devils out of those houses. His prayer makes them fly out of their hiding places.

See how the houses seem to be built almost one on top of the other? And in front of them there is the city wall.

Those were rough times, there were wars and criminal gangs everywhere, and to feel safe people all had to try and live inside the space defended by those walls.

………………………………………………………………………….

.

Saint Francis gives his cape to a poor man.

Remember how expensive clothes were in those days, because first they had to get strands of fibers or wool from plants or from sheep, and these strands had to be spun into thread and the thread had to be woven into cloth, all very slow work.

Next the cloth had to be dyed, then cut and hand sewn and often embroided. The clothes that you see on the kings and queens of those times would be the work of dozens of people working all year round.

…………………………………………………………………………………………………..

.

This is a short quote of Saint Francis’ famous Praise of the Creatures and further down is the complete text including Death as a sister creature:

Be praised, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars;
in the heavens you have made them bright, precious and beautiful.

Be praised, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air,
and clouds and storms, and all the weather,
through which you give your creatures sustenance.

Click to enlarge:

 

.

Advertisements

Comments»

No comments yet — be the first.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s