|Vintage St. Frances Cement Garden Statue from Chris Hart Studio|
St. Frances was born in 1182 into a wealthy merchant family in Assisi, Italy. He chose to go on the second crusade but on his first night out he had a vision from God. Although, thought to be a coward, he turned away from war to peace. He gave away his worldly possessions, preaching humility, poverty, simplicity and prayer to everyone. He included all of God's creation, from insects, trees and animals, even the birds to whom he graced with his sermons. His statue is shown with birds on his shoulders and often a wolf by his leg, symbolizing his love of animals.
|Maizey visiting with my mother Mary at 100|
Maizey is back home. While she is not her usual active self, she is getting stronger everyday. I am grateful St. Frances took it out of my hands. He freed me to just love her and be there to comfort her. St. Frances and Maizey did the rest just like he did with Queenie. And just like my mom, I found myself mumbling something about St. Frances and a miracle when I loaded Maizey into my car to go home.