Celebrated Italian poet Luigi Santucci and American artist Br. Martin Erspamer lend heart and imagination to the “Canticle of St. Francis,” one of the most beloved texts in all the writings of St. Francis. Honoring the spirituality of this holy man who preached and listened to man and beast alike, Santucci takes the sermons that Francis bestowed on the birds, the wolf of Gubbio, and so many other creatures, and allows his wisdom to come back to us through the voices of those creatures, providing us with a new classic of Franciscan spirituality.
In a beautiful gift book format, this title has four-color illustrations throughout that capture the simple, yet joyful spirit of Saint Francis that has inspired generations. The book reminds us of the traits of this beloved Saint that led the current Pope to choose him as a namesake — a deep concern for nature, justice for the poor, and interior peace.
About the Author
Luigi Santucci (1918-99) was one of the most important Italian writers and poets of the twentieth century. He worked at the Catholic University of Milan until 1944, when Santucci took refuge in Switzerland because of his opposition to the fascist regime. Actively involved in the Italian Resistance, he was one of the co-founders of the underground newspaper L’Uomo, with poet David Maria Turoldo. Among his books translated into English are Meeting Jesus – A New Way to Christ (Herder & Herder, 1971), one of the most original treatments of the life of Christ written in the twentieth century, and Orfeo in Paradise (Knopf, 1969).
Br. Martin Erspamer, OSB, always wanted to be an artist. He works as a designer and painter of glass, in the pottery studio, does illustrations for books, and works with parishes or communities who want to build or renovate worship spaces. For 17 years he has been a monk at St. Meinrad Archabbey.
"Roles are reversed as the creatures voice their own experience in the ambiance of Francis' love for them. With delightful illustrations and moving text, this is a beautiful book." —Elizabeth Johnson, Fordham University, Author of Ask the Beasts