“H” is for Hospitality

“Saint Francis and the Birds” by Frederick Franck, commissioned by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Pilgrim Place, Claremont, California

“How shall we live? Welcoming to all.”
— Mechtild of Magdeburg

Preaching to Birds and Squirrels

A new sculpture called “Saint Francis and the Birds” was recently celebrated among neighbors at Pilgrim Place in Claremont, California, a senior community committed to justice and peace. Commissioned by Mary Ann and Frederic Brussat, co-founders of Spirituality & Practice, this sculpture was born of art templates from the late artist Frederick Franck.

This fresh interpretation of the saint sweeps the eye upward in a feeling of celebratory movement, gratitude, and hospitality. Here Saint Francis welcomes a panoply of birds circling and hovering about his uplifted arms. You can almost hear the saint preaching to these exuberant birds, calling out to them, “My little sisters the birds . . .” Click here to read more