In honour of the great saint, whose feast day falls on October 4th, and as a reflection on the new Pope who has chosen that saint’s name, and so affirmed their common task, in Christ, to rebuild his Church, I thought I would post this sonnet which reflects the way Francis responded to Christ’s call by casting away the rich trappings he had inherited and embracing holy poverty.The sonnet, composed since his election, is also a prayer that Pope Francis the 1st will enable the wider church to do the same! As always you can hear the sonnet by clicking on the ‘play’ button or the title
My sonnets for the Christian Year are available from Canterbury Press Here and on Kindle here
This sonnet for Francis will appear in my new book The Singing Bowl, published on October 25th by Canterbury Press. come to the launch at St. Edwards Church at 7:30pm on 6th November
‘Francis, Rebuild My Church’; a sonnet for the Saint and for the new Pope
4 responses to “A Sonnet for St. Francis”
lovely Malcolm….thank you!
As always, touching and provoking. (Francis of Rome now brings the man from Assisi back in view. He’s got a great back-up helper in Malcolm of Cambridge.)
Thank you for this beauty, Malcolm Elizabeth firstname.lastname@example.org
Malcolm, your words enlighten and inspire. Let us pray that Pope Francis can leave us words with such care and effect. As it is I believe his looseness may prove to be his Achilles heal.