unless your walking is your preaching…

Today, October 4, is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and of the environment. Francis grew up amidst wealth, but walked away from his life of privilege, choosing instead to live as the poor, among the poor. He did not fight the ‘systems’ of his day – instead, he walked away.

He is perhaps most known for the phrase, attributed to him, “Preach the gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.” But another of his sayings that has captivated me of late is this: “It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.”

So, in honor of St. Francis, two images: the first somewhat silly, the second, as I took it in the morning light dawning over the high sierra, was stunning to watch unfold.

The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech,
and night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words;
their voice is not heard;
yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
-Psalm 19

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