Life's Gentle Lessons

Friday, May 13, 2011

Robin, Worm, Crow, Vole, and Raccoon - The choice is almost made

The Brothers leaned forward. Francis continued, “I almost forgot. Grandfather Eagle insisted that one animal be chosen from our destination....” Francis paused. “A camel!” The Brothers spoke it out loud together as if they had be reciting the Office. So, that was decided. Now there were only four... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Robin, Worm, Crow, Vole, and Raccoon - The Brothers choose eagle and worm

Sebastian kept a respectable silence and then continued with a prayer of thanksgiving: “Thank, Dear Father, for that Thou dost vouchsafe to feed us with the live giving spiritual body and blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus, The Christ. You promise to us in these holy mysteries, that we are One... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Robin, Worm, Crow, Vole, and Raccoon - The Brothers worship together

* * * * * * * The last Brother arrived just before a vibrant, golden-pink sunset. Francis asked Sebastian to lead the service; he wanted to observe the process rather than lead it. Francis had fasted all day in seclusion in preparation for their decision. The service began just as the sun... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Robin, Worm, Crow, Vole, and Raccoon - All await the prayer meeting

The Brotherhood gathering would cost them another day, which was frustrating to Francis and irritating to Sebastian who always jumped in first and then considered the consequences. The next morning the word went out. The Brotherhood was to gather in Assisi that evening for prayers and communion.... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Robin, Worm, Crow, Vole, and Raccoon - Francis and Sebastian discuss choice

Francis was tightening the last rope on the donkey when the news arrived from the circle in the glen. Neither Francis nor Sebastian had spent much thought about which animals would accompany them. Now they had to choose six before they could leave. Sebastian suggested that they just draw straws. “It... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Robin, Worm, Crow, Vole, and Raccoon - Grandfather Eagle's Speech

“Creator must have a purpose for our going along on this crazy Hu-man war-adventure. This certainly is none of our affair! Not one of us would ever consider committing such a crazy game among ourselves. Can you imagine committing such a crazy game among ourselves? Imagine birds and rabbits at war”... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Robin, Worm, Crow, Vole, and Raccoon - Francis gives a speech

Crow breathed an audible sigh of relief. “I say it is time to choose!” Crow sounded very authoritative. He turned to Eagle. “How shall we choose?” Grandfather Eagle looked slowly around the group. “Who would like to represent us?” Almost everyone took a step forward. Grandfather Eagle laughed... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Robin, Worm, Crow, Vole, and Raccoon - Firefly raises an issue

It was high and shrill! But more than the sound which was so shrill as to be irritating, it was the words that brought everyone's attention to focus. At first, no one could locate the source of the sound. It seemed to come from somewhere above the circle. Then, a flicker of light shot out from the... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Robin, Worm, Crow, Vole, and Raccoon - Eagle Arrives

Jay left the podium immediately and quickly took a spot in the outermost circle. Crow inched closer to Eagle. Grandfather Eagle took the time to make eye contact with each being in the gathering. He spoke no further. At first, the silence really was golden and it seem as if all were coming to one... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Robin, Worm, Crow, Vole, and Raccoon - Grandfather Eagle presides

Grandfather Eagle and Crow did not arrive in Assisi until the final day of packing for Francis and Sebastian. Jay had returned the day before. The Council had been meeting for a day before Grandfather's return. There was little agreement as to who would be chosen. Raccoon kept his confidence during... Sign in to see full entry.

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