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Saint Francis and the Awkward Moment

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First, thank you to Joey for filling in for Linda Hill on today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt. I hope Linda is doing well, and I appreciate these prompts every week. Joey’s prompt for today is the word,”awkward.”

So many awkward moments I could write about. But I really want to write about Saint Francis of Assisi because tomorrow is his feast day, when we celebrate his birth and life.

The first thing that comes to mind in the SOC intersection of Saint Francis and “awkward,” is the story about him taking all his clothes off in the middle of town in front of God and everybody. I’ll bet his family was mortified. They were a wealthy and prominent family and must have thought he had lost his mind. But Francis had had enough of the materialistic lifestyle and wanted to do something else. He was called to help the sick and to preach to the animals. He gave up his possessions and founded an order that became the Franciscans.

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A statue of Saint Francis and the wolf in Cinque Terra, Itally

 

I hope his parents eventually appreciated his strangeness that was part of being outside the box. It reminds me of that poem about the “crazy ones.”

 

This kinda reminds me of my son, though he has never taken his clothes off in public. Not to my knowledge anyway.

And I’m not going to tell you about my high school graduation night. Nope. No way. But it was in 1974, when streaking was a thing, so you can imagine….. I’ll just say, it was definitely awkward.Damn, that Stream of Consciousness. I better stop now. Pull this boat over and tie it to a dock. I mean, what would Saint Francis think about me mentioning streaking in his post? This is awkward.

Here’s to all the awkward moments. May we learn to laugh about them.

If you’d like to read more Streams of Consciousness about “awkward,” visit:

https://lindaghill.com/2016/09/30/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-oct-116/

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Christian, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again, available at amazon.com.

25 thoughts on “Saint Francis and the Awkward Moment

  1. Fun post. I didn’t know that about St Francis

    • Glad you liked it, Derrick. I just went back and read that section in my beautiful picture book about Saint Francis of Assisi by Robert Kennedy Jr. who writes that Francis was told by God to repair the ruins of an ancient chapel near Assisi. He sold his possessions and his horse and some of his father’s goods for this purpose of restoring the chapel. His father took him to court and the presiding bishop told Francis to return his father’s money, that’s when Francis “stripped naked and handed his father his clothes and all the money.” Francis said, “Now God is my only father.” What a rebel!

  2. I’m just learning this. I bet folks were mortified.

  3. This information about St Francis I had not heard before about his nudity 🙂 And moving on, oh I so remember the days of streaking.. 🙂

  4. That was fun! And thank you! 🙂

  5. So now my forgotten memory
    of streaking through the local mall
    has come back to light!
    Time to get some clothes on
    and go out for a cycle 🙂

  6. Bonjour JOANNA

    Quelle belle histoire entre nous

    Je t’envoie un bouquet de fleurs

    Chargé de parfum que ta demeure soit embaumé de celui-ci
    Comme guidé par un vent d’amour , les anges viennent te protéger
    Je te souhaite un merveilleux dimanche
    Ici le temps est chargé de pluie mais il en fallait un peu

    Pour toi en guise de mon Amitié

    Une douce pluie de tendresse et de bisous

    Bernard

    • Thank you for the beautiful picture and your kind words, Bernard. Google Translate gave me an odd translation of: “demeure soit embaumé” about my remains being embalmed, but when I looked at the alternate translations, I guessed you meant it to be about continuing with sweet perfume. The gentle rain sounds nice. I love the smell of rain when it touches the earth.

  7. I have heard part of the Crazy Poem before. I wonder why they included Alfred Hitchcock in that video though. I like to support those who are different and thinking outside the box as well.

  8. This was like reading about a different language in a different language. But still funny! 😀

    • I’m not sure what you mean, Praj, unless you’re referring to Bernard’s comment, But I’m glad you thought it was funny! 🙂

      • I am not familiar with the history here – never really read about it. But stand-alone perspective seemed funny 🙂

        • Thanks for clarifying. Saint Francis (1181–1226) was born in Italy. He loved animals and nature. He lived in voluntary poverty and helped lepers that no one else would touch. He founded an order of monks now known as Franciscans. He is dear to my heart as the bridge between my love of animals and nature and my Christian faith. He is credited with creating the first Christmas nativity scene re-enacting the story of Jesus’ birth in a stable.

  9. Lots of interesting info, thanks for sharing 🙂

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