Unspeakable Joy


Who could ever express the deep affection [Saint] Francis bore for all things that belong to God? Or who would be able to tell of the sweet tenderness he enjoyed while contemplating in creatures the wisdom, power, and goodness of the Creator? From this reflection he often overflowed with amazing, unspeakable joy as he looked at the sun, gazed at the moon, or observed the stars in the sky. What simple piety! What pious simplicity! ~Friar Thomas of Celano, biographer of St. Francis of Assisi