I just saved a Bull Frog in the cistern we are restoring in our 100 year old barn. She is a beautiful creature and has lived there for for perhaps more than a year. But since we are about to do some heavy duty construction on the barn’s foundation, I needed to go down through a very narrow hole to retrieve her.
I grabbed her with two hands and looked into her eyes before placing her in a plastic jar to hand to Tom, my husband, who had created a large pool for her in the basement.
A Saint Francis moment, indeed.
Saint Francis moments abound here on Blue Saint Hubert Medals Heron Farm, which we call this beautiful place.
We live on the meandering Conestoga River, bringing geese, heron, ducks and bird life to us in abundance. And Frogs, of course.
We have deer friends who are secure Saints Hubert here after our eighteen years of residency.
One friend in particular is a deep brown color and we plant a tomato garden for her and her family every year.
She stands and looks at us in the early spring each year as if to say: Hey! Don’t forget to plant my garden!!
Humans are not the most trustworthy species as far as deer are concerned.
The fifth aphorism Saints Hubert of Pananjali states: “When a person is steadfast in his abstention from harming others, then all living creatures will cease to feel enmity in his presence.”
The deer, racoons, geese, frogs and heron all use our property as a refuge.
They know they are safe and we marvel in their company.
Hanging out with these creatures of God-ess reminds me of Saint Francis and what I call the Saint Francis effect.
My dogs are the recipient of great love in what they teach us in this life time: unconditional love, forgiveness, and great patience in the face of human foible.
The greatest book ever written about Saint Francis is called: “God’s Pauper: St. Francis of Assisi” by Nikos Kazantzakis, author of Zorba the Greek.
The book was out of print for many years but then was re-published in paperback in 1999. I got a copy as soon as I heard about it, circa 2002.