In The Vein of Francis Bernardone


In the garden I AM reminded

My role is to love

My charge ~ to accept

When I embrace my divinity, I recognize my humanity.

In my humanity, I recognize yours

Francis was right…

Console ~ Understand ~ Love ~ Give ~ Forgive

Then move on

Move up

Toward Light



As it was alway meant

To Be

I AM currently reading The Reluctant Saint  ω The Life of Francis of Assisi by Donald Spoto. It is, indeed, enlightening.

Make me a channel of your peace. Where there is hatred let me bring Your Love. Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord. Where there is doubt true faith in you. Oh, Master, grant that I may never seek so much to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love with all my heart…
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33 thoughts on “In The Vein of Francis Bernardone

  1. This is why I shouldn’t read other poets. Now I have to buy another book. I need to read what inspires this. I live within two miles of a St. Francis of Assisi Church. Never gave a thought to where the name came from.

  2. To start with, I think I’d love this no matter what because Francis is at the top of my list of Saints. He also watches over my backyard. And this prayer says so much. Tell me your thoughts about the book when you’ve finished. Maybe that will be my next biography review for Bluebell Books (after the one on Saturday.) You captured his spirit well.

  3. If I had to name a saint protector, it would be St Francis. I remember reading his story and being moved by it. Thanks for reminding me of that!

  4. St. Francis is one of my most favorite of the beloved Saints. The prayer you quoted is among my favorite as well … its essence is a way of life goal. I have a statue of him in my garden – and foresee him the protector of the yard and of my fur-children outside and in. Thank you for highlighting him.

  5. ‘Move on – Move up’ sits in your hands like a bird in the care of St that a photo of your looks very beautiful there..Jae

    • It is a small section of my ‘Mission Garden,’ Jae, where I cultivate medicinal, culinary and edible plants. One of my favorite spots in the garden. Right now, a quail pair is nesting on a clutch of eggs nearby.

  6. Beautiful words Kim. During WW.2, my brother was able to send me an English language version of The Life of St. Francis, which had been published in Assissi. He sent it from Assissi as well, which is where he was serving at the time. Treasured that book, and it’s story.

  7. oh kim that is really a beautiful expression of the most tenderest of tender….. to empty oneself to make room for another…. yes, as it was meant to be!!!

  8. Hi again Kim, I came back for another look. I enjoyed reading this work too, so much wisdom here.

    Subscribed to your blog too! :<)

    Happy Wednesday, G

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