October 4 – Francis of Assisi’s day

Posted by Eric Francis

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Kate Bush takes a singing lesson from the birds.   Today is the day of Francis of Assisi, who talks to birds (I’m sure he listens too), loves critters of all kinds, is a protector of the natural environment and lover of people. Each year we honor his day, and summon his blessings for all […]

Saint Francis of Assisi is known as the patron saint of animals, the environment and one of the two patrons of Italy (with Catherine of Siena), and it is customary for Anglican and Roman Catholic churches to hold ceremonies blessing animals on his feast day of 4 October.

Kate Bush takes a singing lesson from the birds.

 

Today is the day of Francis of Assisi, who talks to birds (I’m sure he listens too), loves critters of all kinds, is a protector of the natural environment and lover of people. Each year we honor his day, and summon his blessings for all living things. I was named Francis by my father, the Franciscan from Flatbush, whose father was named Samuel Francis, and whose mentor was Father Eric, a Franciscan priest. It’s a great name to have, and I offer Planet Waves in the spirit of my good friend, Francis of Assisi. –efc

St. Francis in the Desert (St. Francis of Assisi) by Giovanni Bellini.

9 thoughts on “October 4 – Francis of Assisi’s day

  1. Linda Maypuma pink

    WoW Eric!! Tremendous history you have flowing in your veins. Thank you for sharing it’s brightened my day. Saint François d’Assise est mon meilleur :))

    Many Blessings, lindeetotems

  2. Barbara

    Thanks for this pc…………nice compliment to the keeping of the day…….(great Kate Bush choice…..love the whole compilation)……..thanks again…………………….

    1. Eric Francis Post author

      Oh you have some great fun ahead of you. It’s tucked between two tracks of what I think is her greatest work, Aerial. This was her first work after her 12-year hiatus, and it feels like it. This was the recording where I reached the point of no return on the desire to play guitar.

  3. Donna Boyle

    Hey Eric, Where did you locate this first pic? I’m very interested in St. Catherine of Siena and haven’t seen this one anywhere. Thanks for all your fabulous insight!
    Donna

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