Monday, May 7, 2012

He Watches the Earth and Animals

He was born in the twelfth century in Italy.  The son of a wealthy merchant in Assisi, he had a vision in his early 20s.  At that time he abandoned his money and all his worldly things and lived his life in poverty and service to others.  Born Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone, he later became known as Francis of Assisi.  He respected all plant and animal life, valued the worth of every person and was declared a Saint only a few years after his death.  His achievements are far too numerous to list here, but his life was an inspiring one which everyone should research and learn from.  St. Francis of Assisi is considered the patron saint of animals.

We left our (very heavy) statue of St. Francis behind when we moved back to North Carolina.  And for six years we have looked at various statutes but didn't find one that quite suited us.  Far too many were so cluttered with Disneyesque animals that one expected Snow White rather than St. Francis.

For several years we had only our Carruth Studio St. Francis mounted amongst the leaves of a vine circling one of our trees.

On a recent visit to the Biltmore Estate we happened to browse one of the gift shops.  There, among other statues and fountains we found "our" St. Francis.  The statue's simplicity was the main attraction.  So we bought him and brought him home.

Holding a single bird in his hands, he personifies our perceptions about this saint.

And so he stands in our yard reminding us to live more simply and love all animals.

What on earth are these two up to?
I suppose it's only fair that they sniff around the vines of our other St. Francis.

Tomorrow is our Election Day.  I usually prefer to vote on the day itself but this year I voted early.  There was a vote I needed to make and I didn't dare risk not making it to the polls.


Taradharma said...

I love the the ideals that St. Francis nurtured and advocated for. A rebel, a wholistic visionary. Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Amen.

Ms. A said...

He's very handsome standing there in all his majesty.

The Bug said...

I love your St. Francis - he's perfect!

I sure wish I could cast that same vote myself (if it's the one I'm thinking of). My heart aches for my old home state - I hope it surprises me with love instead of alienation...

robin andrea said...

A beautiful statue. Have you ever seen the film Brother Sun, Sister Moon. It's the story of St. Francis, directed by Franco Zeffirelli. I saw it many times in the early 70s when it was released. If you can get your hands on it, you might enjoy it. It's a wonderful story. Of course, it's been 40 years since I've seen it, so it may be dated and weirder than I remember, but I do remember loving it.

KGMom said...

Love you new St. Francis. Over 10 years ago, when we visited N. Italy, we visited Assisi. It was a year or so after the major earthquake, so we weren't able to go into the upper chapel in Assisi, but the lower one was open with all its lovely Giotto paintings.
Interesting to visit that sweet town where Francis lived before becoming a "saint."

Rudee said...

That looks like the perfect statue for your surroundings.

I'm glad you took no risks and voted early. Here is hoping it makes a difference.

KB said...

I love your new statue. It is absolutely perfect in its simplicity and its message.

Thanks so much for your words of support in this tough time for our family. Your heartfelt messages truly warm my heart and have helped me make it through what feels like a steady flow of bad news.

I hope that St. Francis watches over your precious girls.

Busy Bee Suz said...

I love St. Francis!!!! Your statue is just lovely.
I've been doing some cyber shopping lately and found a fantastic website for all things home.

and I remembered recently that I spotted some St. Francis items.
If you are looking for more:

Have a great day!

Wayfarin' Stranger said...

We, too, have a St. Francis statue in our garden, along with a rather small version of a Celtic "high cross." And we, too, wish we could vote across state lines in this one! May compassion triumph over hateful religion and ideology. Jim

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, I love your statues-in fact I have one too. I think it is wonderful that Ellie uses her crate as her safe spot. With a sense of wonder and excitement coming out of Hunter, showing us he is all puppy, leaving him crated with a favorite chew will help avoid the destruction of things.
Thanks for always be so encouraging.
Hugs, Noreen & Hunter

Arkansas Patti said...

Love your statue and have always admired the man. Think I will check out that movie Robin mentioned.

Cheryl said...

Beautiful, truly beautiful.

The statue says more than words ever can.......I learnt a lot about St. Francis at Sunday school as a child.
He was and is an inspiration......