St Francis of Assisi

Johan Slabbert

19 Posts Published


11th Mar 2021


The Jesuits have their Ignatian Exercises and Examen, the Benedictines have their structured life of Ora et Labora, and the Franciscans observe the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

It is in this observation that St Francis fell in love with nature.  He invites us to see nature as a magnificent book in which God speaks to us and grants us a glimpse of his infinite beauty and goodness.

Francis is the first known person within the Christian tradition to exhibit a nature mysticism. For Francis, his union with nature became a way of God’s communication of himself to humanity and humanity’s union with God.

Francis has been described as a nature mystic, one who finds God in the greatness and beauty of nature. Everything spoke to Francis of the infinite love of God. Creation became the place to find God and, in finding God, he realized God’s intimate relationship with all of creation.

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