Today is one of my very favorite days of the liturgical calendar--the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. I admit to being one of the many people who easily sentimentalizes this surprisingly unsentimental saint, but it's hard not to gravitate to St. Francis as one of the Church's best known figures associated with a reverence for nature and concern for all God's many creatures. This was only one among many important aspects of St. Francis' life and experience. But the fact that we associate him with the care of all creation makes him one of the more lovable saints for whom most everyone of any faith can feel some affinity. Of course, Sister Moon Graphics takes its name from St. Francis' Canticle of Creation, in referencing these lines: "Praise be to you, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars; in Heaven you formed them clear and precious and beautiful."
How remarkable that in our own time the first Pope ever named for this extraordinary person has just made his recent journey to speak to world leaders in defense of the natural environment and the importance of protecting God's creation. How perfectly Franciscan in spirit and in method! Today's celebration of the Feast of St. Francis seems particularly important this year as a result. May God continue to bless Pope Francis in all his holy work.