St Francis

This is another view of The St Francis Wishing Well in the back garden of the Mission San Diego de Alcalá, in San Diego, California. Shot during the early morning hours gave a nice glow and backlight to this westward facing St Francis.

It has been argued that no one in history was as dedicated as Francis to imitate the life, and carry out the work, of Christ in Christ’s own way. This is important in understanding Francis’ character and his affinity for the Eucharist and respect for the priests who carried out the sacrament. He and his followers celebrated and even venerated poverty. Poverty was so central to his character that in his last written work, the Testament, he said that absolute personal and corporate poverty was the essential lifestyle for the members of his order. He believed that nature itself was the mirror of God. He called all creatures his “brothers” and “sisters,” and even preached to the birds and supposedly persuaded a wolf to stop attacking some locals if they agreed to feed the wolf!

3 responses

  1. Awesome bokeh here Erik! Love the composition here, as well.

    July 21, 2011 at 10:42 am

  2. Wonderful shot Erik. Even though it’s obvious this is a statue, both it’s quality and the quality of your image makes it look very lifelike! Well done!

    July 21, 2011 at 12:44 pm

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