God – in – Everything
I have been blessed to officiate at a dear friend’s wedding this coming week. And since it is taking place in the native land of St. Francis of Assisi, I want to share one of his writings, penned over 800 years ago. It is his Canticle to the Sun.
Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord,
all praise is Yours, all glory, all honor and all blessings.
to you alone, Most High, do they belong,
and no mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your Name.
Praised be You my Lord with all Your creatures,
especially Sir Brother Sun,
who is the day through whom You give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor,
of You Most High, he bears the likeness.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,
in the heavens you have made them bright, precious and fair.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air,
and fair and stormy, all weather’s moods,
by which You cherish all that You have made.
Praised be You my Lord through Sister Water,
so useful, humble, precious and pure.
Praised be You my Lord through Brother Fire,
through whom You light the night
and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.
Praised be You my Lord through our Sister,
Mother Earth who sustains and governs us,
producing varied fruits with colored flowers and herbs.
Praised be You my Lord through those who grant pardon
for love of You and bear sickness and trial.
Blessed are those who endure in peace,
by You Most High, they will be crowned.