Sister Jean Schwieters reflection on Francis's The Canticle of the Creatures.
Having read, prayed and sung this canticle over many years, I have come to believe that it is a mystical ballad. It gives expression to a very personal and intimate relationship experienced by Francis with each of the creatures mentioned, It's as if Francis is speaking directly to each creature while at the same time acknowledging the One Who fashioned them. The words chosen to describe each creature are filled with such deep emotion that one can hardly ignore the depth of connection. For this reason, each reading reveals something new.