St. Francis

October 4 is the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

In honor of this day, I invite anyone who reads this to do something to connect more deeply than usual with nature. Take a walk outdoors, work in your garden, pick up litter, plant a tree, increase your recycling, buy green products, visit an organic farm, adopt a rescue animal, celebrate your own earthiness.

The Celts, the Native Americans, and St. Francis: the sacred trinity of western nature mysticism. Blessings to you on this most holy day.

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About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

  • margi

    I forgot it was St Francis’ day but I did pick up a snail I found wandering along the pavement and popped him in a garden so that he wouldn’t get trodden on :-)

  • phil foster

    Climbed Stone Mountain. A beautiful morning – all overcast with wonderful, gusty winds at the mountain’s summit. Another thing I love about making this trek is the beauty of the people you encounter. It’s as if the mountain brings out the best in folks – lots of greetings. Also, so many regions of origin represented (Africans, Carribeans, Asians, Latinos, Europeans). We live in an amazing creation full of grace and beauty – and we humans are part of that.

  • Saint Francis Sacred Rescue

    Speaking of adopting a rescued animal….. I am Rachael Poole, Co-Founder of Saint Francis Sacred Rescue in Florence, KY. Please visit our website and sign the guestbook! We need signatures to buy more land and become one of the few NO-KILL animal rescue/reserves in Kentucky! We are a non-profit rescue that accepts all of God’s creatures! Help is only a click away! .
    God Bless!