St. Francis Day falls on the 4th of October so I thought I would repost 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, which I wrote shortly after the election of the new Pope, 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 is taken from my book The Singing Bowl, published by Canterbury Press. It is also available from Amazon UK Here, and USA Here and in Canada it is kept in stock by SignpostMusic
‘Francis, Rebuild My Church’; a sonnet for the Saint and for the new Pope
5 responses to “A Sonnet for St. Francis”
I have always loved the part of the story in which Francis responds to Christ’s call by attempting to rebuild San Damiano single handed. In one sense he got it totally wrong. In another he got it gloriously right! I find that a great encouragement.
Reblogged this on Michael Moore's Blog and commented:
Thank you, Malcolm…
I love the line, “Undoing set you free”—it reminds me of the line from his prayer: “It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.” Wonderful allusion!