St Francis Canticle of the Sun in Arizona

June 15th, 2012 · No Comments

St Francis Canticle of the Sun in Arizona

by Jane St. Clair

Someone once said that there are only two Christians: Jesus Christ and his follower St. Francis of Assisi. We love St. Francis because he was radical in his faith, but also because he was a lover … of animals … of the earth … and God. He felt kindred to everything in nature and he spoke about Brother Sun and Sister Moon and Brothers Wind and Air and Sister Water. Here is his Canticle of the Sun, set in Arizona where Brother Sun shines all the time.

The Canticle of the Sun

Most high, all powerful, all good Lord! All praise is yours, all glory, all honor, and all blessing. To you, alone, Most High, do they belong. No mortal lips are worthy to pronounce your name.

Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures, especially through my lord Brother Sun who brings the day; and you give light through him – And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor! Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.


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

Be praised, My Lord, through Sister Water;

she is very useful, and humble, and precious, and pure.

Be praised, my Lord, through Brother Fire, through whom you brighten the night. He is beautiful and cheerful, and powerful and strong.

Be praised, my Lord, through our sister Mother Earth, who feeds us and rules us, and produces various fruits with colored flowers and herbs.

Be praised, my Lord, through those who forgive for love of you;

Happy are those who endure in peace, for by you, Most High, they will be crowned. Praise and bless my Lord, and give thanks, and serve Him with great humility.

The above is a picture of the earth from outer space. I’m positively sure that he would have liked it. For you, Brother Francis.

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