I'm amazed at what an attractive representation Joel Haas has made, using scrap steel. Although the material is hard it conveys the joy that I associate with St Francis.
Today is the commemoration day for Francis of Assisi, Friar, Founder of the Friars Minor.
The story of his life from rich merchant's son, a wild youth, to a life of poverty, praise and preaching is told here and here.
He gathered like-minded brothers around him who became the first Franciscan monks. His simple rule was to follow Christ and to walk in his footsteps.
It is said that Francis died on 4 October 1226 while preaching on Psalm 141, which is a prayer for preservation from evil. It's opening words are:
I call upon you, O lord; come quickly to me;
give ear to my voice when I call to you.
Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,
and the lifting up of my hands as an evening sacrifice.
Previous Seeker posts about St Francis:
Image Credit: Joel Haas on Flckr, CC License