The Canticle Of Creation
The "Canticle of Creation" is a song of
praise written by Francis of Assisi as he approached death midst illness and
disability. As the Franciscan poet Murray Bodo has written, as Francis' turning
to God unfolded and he was gripped by the fact of the Incarnation, nature
became holy for him. He was enthralled by God's presence in the created order.
Francis calls out to all of creation as brother
and sister, revealing the core of the Franciscan worldview: that God is the
source of all being; that the Creator God is the Parent; that all creatures
therefore are brother and sister to one another; that everything deserves love
Francis saw God in everything and so do we. We
look upon the earth with humility and with an open and grateful heart, aware of
the divine goodness in all things.
CANTICLE OF CREATION
Be praised Good Lord for Brother Sun
who brings us each new day.
Be praised for Sister Moon: white
beauty bright and fair, with
stars she moves through the night.
Be praised my Lord for Brother Wind,
for air and clouds and the skies of every
Be praised for Sister Water: humble,
helpful, precious, pure; she
us in rivers and renews us in rain.
Be praised my Lord for Brother fire:
he purifies and enlightens us.
Be praised my Lord for Mother Earth:
abundant source, all life
she feeds us bread and fruit and
gives us flowers.
Be praised my Lord for the gift of
for changing dusk and dawn; for
and scent and song.
Be praised my Lord for those who
pardon one another for love of thee,
and endure sickness and tribulation.
Blessed are they who shall endure it
peace, for they shall be crowned by Thee.
Be praised Good Lord for sister
who welcomes us in loving embrace.
Be praised my Lord for all your
creation serving you joyfully.
Francis of Assisi,