Pope Francis begins his Laudato Si encyclical with the words of Saint Francis of Assisi:
“Praise be to you, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs”.
Saint Francis of Assisi is mentioned twelve times in Laudato Si and one could argue that Saint Francis was a co-writer of Pope Francis’ encyclical on caring for our common home. Saint Francis believed that nature is…
a magnificent book in which God speaks to us and grants us a glimpse of his infinite beauty and goodness.
Saint Francis was a lover of animals; in fact Saint Francis is the patron saint of animals. In celebration of the Feast Day of Saint Francis on Friday, October 4, which concludes the Season of Creation, let us remember that every animal is the handiwork of God and never to be taken for granted or abused. Indeed, in each animal we can see a little bit of God.
Working together, we can help take care of our common home.