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For more than 1,400 years, a Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has stood at the highest point in the City. The present Cathedral is the
masterpiece of Britain's most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren.
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Joining the Song of Creation: St Francis and the Canticle of the Creatures
Brother Sam SSF
The Canticle of the Creatures is St Francis’ great song of love, praise and thanksgiving to God. Written late in his life when he was blind
and following a period of deep despair, it is both an outpouring of joy in creation and the distillation of a lifetime’s hard-won wisdom. In it he
calls us to join with the sun, moon and stars in the praise of God, and also to praise God through our lives, forgiving each other and living
together in peace.
Saturday 19 October 2019
10am - 5pm
St Katharine’s Foundation in Limehouse
£45 (bursaries are available)
The day includes reflective worship, lunch and other refreshments and takes place at St Katharine’s Foundation in Limehouse, East
London (www.rfsk.org.uk). We are very grateful to our partners at St Katharine’s for their generosity in co-hosting our reflective
Written in the 13th century, it is full of wisdom we urgently need today. In a time when we often experience a lack of connection between
ourselves, other people and the world around us, the Canticle can teach us to ground ourselves both in the beauty of the natural world and our
place as a part of the family of creation.
In this reflective day we will explore the Canticle’s beauty and wisdom, its origins in St Francis’ own life, including his sense of himself as a
‘Troubadour of the Lord’ proclaiming a love song in praise of his Beloved, and how its beauty and wisdom illuminate his own thinking, faith and
relationship with God. We will also reflect on its profound ecological and psychological insights for us and our world today.
Br Sam SSF was until recently the Brother-in-Charge at Hilfield Friary in Dorset, and now lives in the Franciscan community in East London. He is
much in demand as a retreat leader and speaker, and is co-authoring a book about St Francis’ wisdom for our own times for Canterbury Press.