Ask the Beasts: Art for Meditation

Francis preaching to the birds
* Saint Francis preaches to the birds *
Giotto – Upper Church of San Francesco  – Assisi

Ask the Beasts
and they will teach you;
the birds of the air, and they will tell you;
ask the plants of the earth and they will teach you;
and the fish of the sea will declare to you.
Who among these does not know
that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In God’s hand is the life of every living thing,
and the breath of every human being.
Job 12:7-10

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