Tuesday, October 04, 2005

"What Was Formerly Bitter Changed to Sweetness"


The first time I heard the Canticle of Brother Sun it was set to folk music. "Ugh," I said later. "That hymn sounded like something some hippie would write." Rightly or wrongly, St. Francis tends to be regarded as the first hippie saint due to his love for all of the Lord's creation. And then there is the peace prayer that goes: Lord make me a channel of your peace ... " It's usually attributed to St. Francis, though that is in doubt.

The title quote is taken from St. Francis' testament and describes the saint's conversion. The best definition of conversion I've heard to date.

Lots of good places online to learn more about St. Francis but here are a few to get you started:

  • Franciscan Friars

  • Patron Saint Index

  • Very Cool Flash Presentation of "Canticle of Brother Sun"