His name was Francis…
He inspires all FSA school communities.
He used to praise God the Artist in every one of God’s works. Whatever joy he found in the created world he referred to their maker. He rejoiced in all the works of God’s hands. Everything cried out to him, “He who made us is infinitely good!”
the bonum – the good
He referred to all of creation as good ~ bonum.
In his letter to Brother Leo, Francis writes: You are Good, all Good, supreme Good, Lord God, living and true.
He called animals “brother” or “sister,” and he exhorted them to praise God. He would go through the streets and byways, inviting everyone to sing with him. And one time when he came upon an almond tree, he said, “Brother Almond, speak to me of God.” And the almond tree blossomed.
That is what St. Francis of Assisi did, and that is what he does for us once we are caught up in his life and teachings. He makes us blossom, wherever and whoever we are.
We, at Franciscan Schools Australia blossom because we see in Francis what could happen to us if we were to embrace the overflowing goodness of God revealed in everything that exists, and let that embrace change us. Our schools in the Franciscan tradition embrace all of creation, speak of all of God’s gifts as ‘brother’ and ‘sister’, embrace ‘the other’ of the world and with joy build peace in ourselves, our schools, our communities and the world.
Schools will find a plethora of information about St Francis of Assisi at Franciscan Media.
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