When I wrote about my One Little Word last week, I referred to a wonderful website with 50 beautiful quotes connected to my word, POSSIBILITIES. I also wrote that it might be fun to research those whose words were highlighted. The first was St. Francis of Assisi. I am not an expert, but after reading a child’s book, and then articles from the Catholic church online, I have learned a fair amount. And Valentine’s Day is coming, a day of love. If nothing else, I have connected St. Francis, or Giovanni Bernardore, commonly known as Francesco (founder of the Franciscan order) in a love story. And where else might we tell this love story than in a sonnet? According to the research I found, the earliest sonnets were written between 1220 and 1250 A.D. St. Francis of Assisi died in 1226 A.D.
Here is the quote: "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." - St. Francis of Assisi from The Heart of Innovation.
A Beginning Story
Francesco, early Master Bernardore,
idled away with wealthy boys in town,
caroused freely with father’s wealth before
compassion for the poor and fallen down.
As told, one day, a poor man begged for food;
Francesco’s act described is that he shared
the few coins in his pockets- grasped for good,
equaling more than change to him named fair.
His time given helping the wretched poor,
Serving them most kindly despite the strife;
downtrodden was his byword--nothing more,
scorned the rich, loved poverty as his wife.
St. Francis he became in later years,
Modeling love to all- ignoring jeers.
St. Francis is said to be the most popular of all the saints, primarily for his universal love of all things. He is known as the patron saint of animals and the environment.