Francis spotting a great number of winged creatures on a trip with his friars through the Spoleto Valley near the town of Bevagna. The birds included doves, crows and all sorts. Francis filled with awe said to them:
“My brother birds, you should greatly praise your Creator and love Him always: He gave you feathers to wear, wings to fly and whatever you need. God made you noble among His creatures and gave you a home in the purity of the air, so that, though you neither sow nor reap.” (Celano I, Chapter XXI)
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(Photos: Sister Louise Hembrecht, OSF)
Do you have any favorite bird photos to share? Any stories of appreciation and inspiration about God’s winged creatures?