Catholic Birder

Birds have had my attention for over 30 years. God for just a few. Before birds were a passion. Now they are a confirmation. Saint Francis of Assisi, patron of birds, pray for us.

April 24, 2006

Brave Little Boy

Gabriel is a tough and brave little guy. Yesterday he had his hand in the door jam as two of his brothers slammed the door. His middle finger was partially severed. My wife had a neighbor come over and then she rushed him to the ER. I missed the whole thing since I was at church with our daughter for Divine Mercy Sunday observance. Luckily the plastic surgeon was at the hospital. He and a doctor also named Gabriel reconstructed little Gabe’s finger. He told the doctors and nurses, and anyone else who would listen, that he needs his finger because he wants to be a pilot. Perhaps he has heard us caution our daughter about her hands in relation to playing the piano. My wife tells how, when they took him for x-rays and later when they stitched him up, he asked Jesus to help him and sang Hail Mary, Angel of God and Our Father prayers. Within half an hour of returning he was back outside holding the biggest stick he could find and carry with one hand.

My little sisters, the birds, much bounden are ye unto God, your Creator, and always in every place ought ye to praise Him, for that He hath given you liberty to fly about everywhere, and hath also given you double and triple rainment; moreover He preserved your seed in the ark of Noah, that your race might not perish out of the world; still more are ye beholden to Him for the element of the air which He hath appointed for you; beyond all this, ye sow not, neither do you reap; and God feedeth you, and giveth you the streams and fountains for your drink; the mountains and valleys for your refuge and the high trees whereon to make your nests; and because ye know not how to spin or sow, God clotheth you, you and your children; wherefore your Creator loveth you much, seeing that He hath bestowed on you so many benefits; and therefore, my little sisters, beware of the sin of ingratitude, and study always to give praises unto God. Saint Francis of Assisi - c 1220

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