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He gave a full sermon to the birds, called the elements "brother moon" and "sister sun" and on his death bed he said a prayer of blessing and thanks to the donkey that carried him all his life. what's NOT to like?



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The bald guy who talked to rocks

it might seem strange to some of you that I support and even promote a Christian saint, something that is on the level of PETA doing a co-promotion with mcdonald, but st. Francisco d'assisi always intrigued me and I do think his only sin was that he was a saint.

If you misunderstand and misinterpret basic religious ideas about the world and creation, at least do it in a benevolent way and with the minimum damages, something the rest of the church fails miserably at.

For it is in giving that we receive."
St Francisco talked to rocks and trees. They were his friends.
Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”
He gave a full sermon to the birds, called the elements "brother moon" and "sister sun" and on his death bed he said a prayer of blessing and thanks to the donkey that carried him all his life. what's NOT to like?
If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.”
The first tree hugger. my kind of guy. Oh, and he also referred to his different ailments and illnesses as "sisters". Ha! Take that lord Buddha.

No matter how I look at it, he got these things right. And even then a person like that was considered a weirdo. You can't be mainstream when you get things right. "they" will never allow something like that. If, god forbid, people would get it right, "they" have no power anymore, and "they" will not let THAT happen. So they just let him be. Be a weirdo. Talk to the trees. Right.
I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, he can work through anyone."

I have a bit of a problem with what st. Francesco got wrong. It's a kind of pet peeve I have, seeing the absurd beliefs people fall into.

St Francesco adopted the life of poverty. He actually "married" poverty. That's what he said. I don’t think they had a pre-nup. Now, as someone who is no stranger to poverty, or to marriage , I say…ahm. Sorry. That was meant to be Ahm, with a capital A.

The base of this vow, was that he did not own anything, as everything was god's. ok, I can live with that (if you change the word god to something less offensive of course), but here is where he got that one wrong. It is true, you are in god's house. And that is the kind of respect you should give it. Like a guest. A welcome guest but still a guest. It is not yours to waste, it is not yours to ruin, it is not yours to abuse.
I fully stand behind such a notion. It’s the base of ecology. Told you. Tree huger.

Between having respect to your host's house and to deny yourself everything possible because it is not yours,  there is a very thick red line. It's called sanity. It is the difference between saying " I will not piss in this stream as others drink from it" to " I will die of thirst as these water in this stream are not mine to drink" (ahm, I think I could have actually managed to make him die of thirst if I was there… I can't see any logical counter argument….lucky I don’t have  a time machine.)

The other thing that is a bit of a turnoff with dear old st. Francesco is the fact he went to Egypt in order to be killed by Muslims. Martyrdom was on the Christian agenda back then, muslims themselves caught up to this idea much later, but in a much more effective way.

He went to Egypt trying to be killed by muslims.
Am I the ONLY person that raises an eyebrow? But you know what? With a guy like Francesco, when he was right he was SO right that when he was wrong we will just write it off. Hopefully no one would notice.

Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”