My friend Terry at Abbey–Roads has some brilliant posts for today’s feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. He says, among other things, that “Francis, in his most authentic image, is an icon of Jesus Crucified. He is in a tattered habit, his side and limbs wounded with the stigmata, his body like gnarled roots, barefoot, trampling the globe representing the world underfoot. He holds a cross, and perhaps a skull, representing the brevity of life and our final end. The authentic image of St. Francis calls us to penance, while urging us to love – to love love, and make love loved.”
Do pay Abbey–Roads a visit and be sure to scroll down to the entry for October 3rd on the Transitus of Saint Francis.