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Radagast the Brown and St. Francis of Assisi

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Concerning Radagast the Brown, Gandalf said:

Radagast is, of course, a worthy Wizard, a master of shapes and changes of hue; and he has much lore of herbs and beasts, and birds are especially his friends. (Fellowship of the Ring, p. 288)

This passage reminds us St. Francis of Assisi, who is usually depicted as wearing a brown habit.  Francis loves animals.  The first Christmas Nativity scene is his invention.  He arranged statues of the Holy Family, the Shepherds, and the three Kings as we do today, but complete with real sheep, ox, and ass.  He would even talk to animals.  He once made a pact with a wolf not the terrorize the village of Gubbio.  In return, the villagers will give the wolf food everyday.  St. Francis also made a pact with the dogs not to harm the wolf.  But of all animals, St. Francis is known for his love for birds.  During one of his trek with his companions, there were birds on the trees on both sides of the road.  St. Francis asked leave from his companions to preach to his beloved birds.  The birds surrounded him and he spoke to them:

My sister birds, you owe much to God, and you must always and in everyplace give praise to Him; for He has given you freedom to wing through the sky and He has clothed you… you neither sow nor reap, and God feeds you and gives you rivers and fountains for your thirst, and mountains and valleys for shelter, and tall trees for your nests. And although you neither know how to spin or weave, God dresses you and your children, for the Creator loves you greatly and He blesses you abundantly. Therefore… always seek to praise God. (Wikipedia)


Written by Quirino M. Sugon Jr

November 17, 2009 at 2:24 am