Franciscan Sanity and Franciscan Madness

A little fun. These are two photos that I took while out today.

Here is an example of Franciscan sanity: a beautiful statue of St. Francis receiving the stigmata, above the entrance of the Church of the Most Holy Stigmata in the center of Rome, near the Argentine Square:

And here is an example of Franciscan madness: a statue similar to the one I featured in my recent post, Stop the Franciscan Madness!, which I called “St. Francis goes nuts” – outside the Basilica of Saints Cosmas and Damian in the Roman Forum:

To which St. Francis are you devoted?

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3 Responses to Franciscan Sanity and Franciscan Madness

  1. Charlene says:

    I am devoted to both! After all, St Francis did some wild, wild things such as stripping naked in a public area to return all of his clothes to his father who was berating Francis for being a spendthrift. Ah, such madness. I love it, and I especially love his devotion to animals and the way he talked to them. I try to do the same. I have had some successes in talking to animals, at least they stop and listen to me. As a volunteer animal handler at a zoo for over ten years, I have talked to the likes of blue-tongued skinks, ferrets, geckos, chinchillas, parrots, snakes, guinea pigs, rabbits, etc. What a joy it has been to interact with these special ambassadors of their species! To be like St. Francis remains my goal!

  2. Bee says:

    I’m devoted to the first. St. Francis changed the world with his humility and prayers. The most profound prayer I ever heard is his, “O God, who are you? O God, who am I?” repeated over and over throughout the night on his knees. I know he got an answer. I don’t admire the “skipping, frolicking with nature” Francis. I love the “prayer to Sister Fire as they cauterized his eyes: Francis. I need THAT kind of faith, not the happy hippie version.
    God bless.

  3. A reminder to all that I posted this under the category of “humor”. I do encourage all to learn about the real St. Francis, not the fanciful one of legends, via the book that I reviewed in my post: Stop the Franciscan Madness!

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