This is what Saint Francis preached: “My sisters the birds, you are greatly indebted to God your Creator, and always and in every place you should praise God for giving you liberty to fly wherever you want … Furthermore, you neither sow nor reap and yet God feeds you and gives you rivers and fountains to drink from. God gives you mountains and valleys for your refuge, and high trees to build your nests. Since you do not know how to sew or spin, God clothes you and your little ones. Your Creator must love you since God gives you so many benefits. Guard yourselves, therefore, my sisters the birds, from the sin of ingratitude, and always remember to give praise to God.”
—Edited by Keith Beasley-Topliffe, Upper Room Spiritual Classics: Writings of Francis & Clare (Upper Room Books, 2017)
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Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!
—Luke 12:24 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy.
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