greater things than this…

“Nor did demons crucify Him; it is you who have crucified Him and crucify Him still,
when you delight in your vices and sins.”

St. Francis of Assisi

(one of my paintings from back in the day / 2010)

“Now, as he was riding one day over the plain of Assisi he met a leper,
whose sudden appearance filled him with fear and horror;
but forthwith calling to mind the resolution which he had made to follow after perfection,
and remembering that if he would be a soldier of Christ he must first overcome himself,
he dismounted from his horse and went to meet the leper,
that he might embrace him:
and when the poor man stretched out his hand to receive an alms,
he kissed it and filled it with money.
Having again mounted his horse, he looked around him over the wide and open plain,
but nowhere could he see the leper; upon which, being filled with wonder and joy,
he began devoutly to give thanks to God,
purposing within himself to proceed to still greater things than this.”

St. Bonaventure, p. 4
An Excerpt From
The Life of St. Francis

6 comments on “greater things than this…

  1. says:

    Beautiful painting.

  2. oneta hayes says:

    Love the picture. Do you hang a lot of your pictures? How do you store them? Mother left us lots of nice paintings, all in beautiful frames. I have taken some out of the frames so I can keep them easier.

    • I don’t— I never felt what I did was anything special- I did do some large piece based on crosses and illuminated manuscripts— intricate and layered— with Greek, Hebrew and Latin scriptures— in shadow box type frames— Gregory had those hung at the jewelry store but when he retired I put them on the walls of a guest bedroom turned office— so I really don’t know what I’ll do with them when we work toward downsizing

  3. Nancy Ruegg says:

    A fascinating painting–St. Francis with crucifixion markings. Makes me wonder more about his story–or is that symbolism for the life of Christ he took upon himself with holy passion? You’ve got me curious, Julie!

    • St. Francis, later in his life, received the stigmata- the same wounds of Christ— there are but a handful of the saints through the centuries who have been so graced, padre pio is one from the 20th century— no scientific explanation has ever been able to substantiate the cause

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