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“Starry, Starry Night” Don McLean   Leave a comment

“Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)”
Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and gray
Look out on a summer’s day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul

Shadows on the hills
Sketch the trees and the daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills
In colors on the snowy linen land

Now I understand
What you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free

They would not listen, they did not know how
Perhaps they’ll listen now

Starry, starry night
Flaming flowers that brightly blaze
Swirling clouds in violet haze
Reflect in Vincent’s eyes of china blue

Colors changing hue
Morning fields of amber grain
Weathered faces lined in pain
Are soothed beneath the artist’s loving hand

Now I understand
What you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free

They would not listen, they did not know how
Perhaps they’ll listen now

For they could not love you
But still your love was true
And when no hope was left in sight
On that starry, starry night

You took your life, as lovers often do
But I could’ve told you Vincent
This world was never meant for
One as beautiful as you

Starry, starry night
Portraits hung in empty halls
Frame-less heads on nameless walls
With eyes that watch the world and can’t forget

Like the strangers that you’ve met
The ragged men in ragged clothes
The silver thorn of bloody rose
Lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow

Now I think I know
What you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
And how you tried to set them free

They would not listen, they’re not listening still
Perhaps they never will

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Posted January 28, 2016 by ouidaofs in Suffering

Francis of Assisi   Leave a comment

Source: Francis of Assisi

Francis of Assisi – An Introduction

Francis of Assisi – The Young Man

Francis of Assisi – Military Adventures

Francis of Assisi – Period of Crisis: San Damiano

Francis of Assisi – Period of Crisis: Leaving the World

Francis of Assisi – Period of Crisis: Embracing the Leper

Francis of Assisi – “And the Lord gave me brothers…”

Francis of Assisi – The Fraternity Grows and Someone Has to Lead

Francis of Assisi – An Exhortation to the Brothers

Francis of Assisi – The Itinerant Life of the Brothers

Francis of Assisi – The Disposal of Worldly Goods

Francis of Assisi – The Conversion of Clare

Francis of Assisi – A Reputation for Holiness and Miracles

Francis of Assisi – The Problems of New Growth

Francis of Assisi – Francis and Nature: Part I

Francis of Assisi – Francis and Nature: Part II

Francis of Assisi – A Sacramental View of Nature

Francis of Assisi – Francis and The Eucharist

Francis of Assisi – Integrating Into the Church

Francis of Assisi – The Word of God

Francis of Assisi – The First Missions

Francis of Assisi – The Crusades (Part 1)

Francis of Assisi – The Crusades (Part 2)

Francis of Assisi – The Crusades (Part 3)

Francis of Assisi – While He Was Away

Francis of Assisi:  Charism of the Founder – Vocation of the Friars

Francis of Assisi: Hierarchy of Authority – Hierarchy of Example

Francis of Assisi: Franciscan Rules

Francis of Assisi: An Approved Rule of Franciscan Life

Francis of Assisi: Up to Now….

Francis of Assisi: A Time of Doubt

Francis of Assisi: The Stigmata

Francis of Assisi: Almsgiving

Francis of Assisi: Prayer

Francis of Assisi: Fasting

 

Posted January 9, 2016 by ouidaofs in Saint Francis

Post-Traumatic Stress & St. Francis   Leave a comment

Do you know anyone suffering from post-traumatic stress? Perhaps reading a biography of St. Francis of Assisi might be healing and of comfort. Post-traumatic stress is a prime factor leading to the conversion of St. Francis of Assisi. He experienced the horror of war in the Battle of Collestrada in 1202 between Assisi and Perugia. Assisi lost. It was a massacre, and the hills were said to be covered in blood. Francis was wounded and became a prisoner of war for a year in Perugia.

When released from prison, Francis was ill for a long time. He experienced the embarrassment and shame when he rejected the soldier life. He also rejected the lifestyle and values of his wealthy family when he gave up all to become a little poor man, following in the footsteps of Jesus. He lost his relationships with his father and, we assume, his mother and siblings. He lost most of his childhood friends. He had nothing except the rags he wore.

For your assistance, I suggest two books (1) St. Francis of Assisi: A Biography by Omer Englebert and (2) The Journey and the Dream by Murray Bodo, a prose poem, best for slow reading and meditation. Other biographical books are listed on amazon.com. I have many.

Footsteps of Saint Francis

See also “A Suffering Servant,” https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/suffering-saint .

Posted January 9, 2016 by ouidaofs in Saint Francis

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