The Loudmouth Protestant

February 13, 2009

St. Francis’ Sermon to the Birds

For the past few weeks I have been reading about the life of St. Francis of Assisi and in that time I have built up a truly profound admiration for his life in Christ. Today I think my admiration turned into love as I read about how he extended his love to God’s creation through a sermon to the birds of the air. As I read it, I just smiled in an amazement at how this man took his worship of God to another level and decided that preaching to humans about God’s goodness was not enough. And so, without further delay, I want to share with you, St. Francis’ sermon to the birds of the air.

“My brothers, birds you should praise your very Creator very much and always love him; he gave you feathers to clothe you, wings so that you can fly, and whatever else was necessary for you. God made you noble among his creatures, and he gave you a home in the purity of the air; though you neither sow nor reap, he nevertheless protects and governs you without any solicitude on your part.”

Thomas of Celano records that the birds stretched their necks and extended their wings as Francis walked among them touching them and blessing them.

–Excerpted from “The Lessons of St. Francis: How to Bring Simplicity and Spirituality Into Your Daily Life” by John Michael Talbot with Steve Rabey

And I smile…



  1. “Ask ye of the Lord rain in the time of the latter rain; [so] the Lord shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.” – Zechariah 10:1


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