ThE MaN BeHiNd ThE BiRdBaTh…

Hello, Welcome to Marcia’s Cottage. I’m so happy to see you today my friend. Shall we have a little tea.

How’s your weekend going so far….I am hoping that your having a great one…Of course mine has been just delightful ….Of course. ..

On my way home from a wonderful workshop yesterday, I stopped by at a fabulous nursery. I had been admiring a garden statue there for quite sometime. It is now standing in our garden. (smile) It is a small statue of St. Francis of Assisi..

I must admit I’ve had an affinity for this Saint for quite a while. Some of the reasons are very sentimental… such as my husband and I were married at the St. Francis Chapel…then honeymooned in Italy. Although we didn’t actually visit Assisi….the presence of the Saint was everywhere.

And, perhaps one of the most popular sculptured images of Francis is that of the ragged little man standing on a birdbath.  This figure, which has become so universal, can be discovered as easily in a backyard  a Buddhist prayer garden…or at a Franciscan retreat center.

He had a very interesting youth, and actually came from a wealthy family. I don’t know about you…but I find it rather inspiring to hear stories about people who commit their life to such humbleness. Well, anyway I know that I am going to love having this little statue in our garden.

One of the reasons is that now when I look at it I will be reminded that in a day when many people pursue power and wealth….I will think of this simple man and his love for all creatures, great, and small.

He is a great model of simple living, humbleness, and compassionate care for those in need. He saw himself as a simple servant and steward of creation. He was a little brother to the birds and the fish and the lowly ivy.

Wow! I might just need to make another stop at that fabulous nursery, and pick up a few more reminders for our garden. *wink*wink

                Enjoy the rest of your weekend. …



Remember when you leave this earth you can take nothing you have received, only what you have given.~St.Francis of Assisi


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