A Supplication to St. Francis of Assisi

Written by Gritfish

A Supplication to St. Francis of Assisi

(St. Francis is the patron saint of animals, commerce and ecology)

St. Francis, why did you construct this uncomfortable three part patrology

That so tests our willingness to embrace?
How is it possible that protection for the animals, commerce and ecology
Could come under one overarching grace?
To date man's enterprises have been based on resource extraction,
Without forethought to life or planetary fate.
Your trilogy requires that commerce undertake a major redaction;
A gracious and necessary change before too late.

St. Francis, your life and teachings bear witness to a solution:
Compromise? Apportionment? No! -A changed world view!
Man has no God-given right of dominion; not sole ownership of Creation:
Beyond stewardship is deep ecology, to which the economy should accrue. 
Let us, therefore, comport with reverent deference,
Keeping your example as our touchstone reference. 

The last words of St. Francis of Assisi:                                                                                                                                                               I Have Sinned Against My Brother the Ass"

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