Perfect Joys

"When you seek the Holy, use what He puts out in front of you..." St. Francis of Assisi

Webster's Dictionary defines "create" as "To bring into being from nothing." Webster's Dictionary also defines "Creator" as "The Supreme Being." So when one writes about the Creator and His Creations one writes about the Creator and His Perfect Joys

Aristotle explained : "as the eyes of bats are to the light of the sun, so is the intelligence of our soul to the things most manifest by nature" (Aristotle, Metaphysics I, min. i).LLL

The writer in Job in 12:7 said it this way: "But ask the beasts, and they will teach you, the birds of the air, and they will tell you."

The writer of the Book of Sirach 16:27 wrote it this way: "Then the Lord looked upon the earth, and filled it with His blessings." James Fenimore Cooper said this in the Introduction to , The Last of the Mohicans, "He (Mohican) draws his metaphors from the clouds, the seasons, the birds, the beasts, and the vegetable world." Ron Hansen points out in U.S. Catholic November 2001 issue; "Writing is a way of communicating what's going on in our prayer experience.. and our life experience to point out graced events in life..." and he adds.." we should try to be story tellers just like St. Francis and our Lord...and we should write about God's face when we see it...." .. D.V.M. Allen M. Schoen's wrote in his book, "Love, Miracles and Animal Healings".....Chapter 13 : "Whenever I 've pondered what it means to have the courage to be vulnerable one of the most important prerequisites for listening is animals..my mind inevitably drifts back to the stories of St. Francis of Assisi, who was perhaps the greatest animal communicator or all time.

From his writings and those of his followers, we know that Francis "talked" to animals of all kinds. He had almost a mystical relationship with nature and animals, which he revered and cherished as an expression of God's goodness... ...and Mark Twain said,....."...to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with."

...and Mother Teresa told us: "Joy is a net of love by which you catch souls. " Mother Teresa and St. Francis said: "When you seek the Holy, use what He puts out in front of you..." and St. Francis explained it this way: The Franciscan Way:

Canticle of The Creatures

Most High Almighty Good Lord, Yours are praise, glory, honour and all blessings; To You alone! Most High, do they belong, and no man is worthy of speaking Your Name! Be praised, Lord, with all Your creatures, and above all our Brother Sun, who gives us the day by which You light our way, and who is beautiful, radiant and with his great splendour is a symbol to us of You, O Most High!

And be praised, Lord, for our Sister Moon and the Stars. You created them in the heavens bright, precious and beautiful!

And be praised, Lord, for our Brother the Wind and for the air and the clouds and for fair weather and for all other through which You sustain Your creatures.

And be praised, Lord, for our Sister Water, so useful, and humble, and chaste! And be praised, my Lord, for our Brother Fire, through whom You light up the night and who is handsome, joyful, robust, and strong! And be praised, my Lord, for our Sister, Mother Earth, who supports and carries us and produces the diverse fruits and colourful flowers and trees! Praise and bless the Lord and give thanks to Him and serve Him with great humility!

Be praised, my Lord, for our Sister, bodily Death from whom

no living man can escape! Woe only to those who die in mortal sin; but blessed are those who have done Your most holy will; for the second death can cause them no harm!

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