Our neighbors the Franciscans have a feast day on Sunday. It marks the death and burial of St. Francis of Assisi in 1226.
St. Francis wrote his Rule and founded the order in 1209.
It is said that when Friar Francis preached to the birds he encountered in nature, not one flew away.
"My sister birds, you owe much to God, and you must always and in everyplace give praise to Him; for He has given you freedom to wing through the sky and He has clothed you . . . you neither sow nor reap, and God feeds you and gives you rivers and fountains for your thirst, and mountains and valleys for shelter, and tall trees for your nests. And although you neither know how to spin or weave, God dresses you and your children, for the Creator loves you greatly and He blesses you abundantly. Therefore . . . always seek to praise God."
--from the "Fioretti" ("Little Flowers"), a collection of legends and folklore about Francis that sprung up after his death