This attitude of reverence and affection led [St. Francis] to pick snails up from the roads so they would not be trodden under foot. In winter he gave honey to bees so they would not die of want and cold. He asked his brethren not to cut trees down to the root with the hope that they could regenerate and grow again. Indeed, he felt that spaces ought to be reserved in gardens for weeds so that they could survive, because "they also proclaim the most splendid Father of all beings."

Leonardo Boff in The Prayer of St. Francis by Leonardo Boff

 

To Practice This Thought:
Find a specific way to express your reverence and affection for animals and plants. Ask your partner or friend to join you in it.