The Canticle of the Creatures

St. Francis of Assisi composed “The Canticle of the Creatures” late in his life, when a painful blindness had limited his sight of the outside world. In spite of his condition, Francis communicates a remarkable joy, a profound love for all of God’s creation and a steadfast belief that everything we encounter is in familial relationship.

Most High, all-powerful, good Lord,
Yours are the praises, the glory, and the honor, and all blessing, To You alone, Most
High, do they belong,
and no human is worthy to mention Your name.
Praise be You, my Lord, with all Your creatures,
especially Sir Brother Sun,
who is the day and through whom You give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor;
and bears a likeness of You, Most High One.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,
in heaven You formed them clear and precious and beautiful.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Wind,
and through the air, cloudy and serene, and every kind of weather,
through whom You give sustenance to Your creatures.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water,
who is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.
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, and who produces various fruit with colored flowers and
herbs.
Praised be You, my Lord, through those who give pardon for Your love,
and bear infirmity and tribulation.
Blessed are those who endure in peace
for by You, Most High, shall they be crowned.
Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister Bodily Death,
from whom no one living can escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin.
Blessed are those whom death will find in Your most holy will,
for the second death shall do them no harm.
Praise and bless my Lord and give Him thanks
and serve Him with great humility.

— St. Francis of Assisi

Through the witness of St. Francis, we are truly able to see the spirit of God reflected in all the wonders of creation so that “the heavens declare the glory of God” (Ps.19)!