Canticle of Creation

St Francis preaching to the birds, Giotto, 1297-1299

St Francis preaching to the birds, Giotto, 1297-1299

Franciscans encourage us to pray with our eyes open, in order to be open to the world around us. Prayer walks in nature are a popular example of this form of prayer; we can be inspired by the creation around us; or simply find it easier to ‘chat’ with Jesus in this more informal setting, rather like we may take a walk with a friend.

St Francis’ Canticle of Creation is a lovely way to try praying with nature. You might like to pray on a walk, looking out a window, watching images of the natural world or enjoying a painting like this one of St Francis preaching to the birds.

Do share how you find the audio prayer, or a few words if you choose to write your own Canticle praising God in your own words for His creations that make your heart sing.

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Writing about my contemplative journey to come closer to Jesus. I hope to inspire and equip others on their journey.
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One Response to Canticle of Creation

  1. betsydecruz says:

    I also like to pray with my eyes open. Prayer walks are perfect for an ADD girl like me. I find sitting for long periods difficult, but if I can walk, and look at nature, my mind focuses on God more easily!

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