artist, Mark Sanislo, painted
the Oil Portrait of St. Francis of Assisi .
Francis was reverently in love with all natural phenomena—sun, moon, air, water, fire, flowers; his quick warm sympathies responded to all that lived. His tenderness for and his power over animals were noted again and again.
From his companions we have the story of his rebuke to the noisy swallows who were disturbing his preaching at Alviano: "Little sister swallows, it is now my turn to speak; you have been talking enough all this time."
We hear also of the birds that perched attentively around when he told them to sing their Creator's praises, of the rabbit that would not leave him at Lake Trasymene, and of the tamed wolf of Gubbio—all incidents that have inspired innumerable artists and story tellers.
Listen Now to a one minute Real Audio clip by Diane Travis of EWTN about St. Francis
Excerpts from Eternal Word Television Network [EWTN] on Saint Francis of Assisi