Bringing The Grotto to You Day 1: St. Francis Assisi

Statue of St. Francis of Assisi (1993)

St. Francis of Assisi is revered by Christians everywhere. He was known as a person of peace and a lover of nature. In the simplicity of his life, he saw the hand of God in all creation.

St. Francis’ vision is shared by The Grotto. His presence in statue and spirit complements The Grotto gardens.

This bronze sculpture, created by artist Michael Florin Dente, was installed in 1993 in The Grotto Upper Gardens.

The Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace; Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek; To be consoled as to console; To be understood, as to understand; To be loved, as to love; For it is in giving that we receive, It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life. Amen.