The Remembrance of the Desire of a Soul - 353 

preaching and nothing in devotion. But he would praise that preacher who takes time to taste and eat a bit himself.

THE CONTEMPLATION OF THE CREATOR IN CREATURES,
ANIMATE AND INANIMATE

Chapter CXXIV
THE SAINT'S LOVE FOR CREATURES
ANIMATE AND INANIMATE

165 This happy traveler,
hurrying to leave the world
as the exile of pilgrimage,
was helped, and not just a little,
by what is in the world.
Toward the princes of darkness, Eph 6:12
he certainly used it as a field of battle.
Toward God, however, he used it
as the clearest mirror of goodness. Wis 7:26
In art
he praises the Artist;
whatever he discovers in creatures
he guides to the Creator.
He rejoices in all the works of the Lord's hands,
and through their delightful display
he gazes on their life-giving reason and cause.
In beautiful things he discerns Beauty Itself;
all good things cry out to him:
"The One who made us is the Best."
Following the footprints imprinted on creatures,
he follows his Beloved everywhere;
out of them all he makes for himself a ladder
by which he might reach the Throne.

He embraces all things
with an intensity of unheard devotion,
speaking to them about the Lord
and exhorting them to praise Him.

He spares lanterns, lamps, and candles unwilling to use his hand to put out their brightness which is a sign of the eternal light.

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Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 2, p. 353