Saint Francis of Assisi is but one of many charismatic earth-keepers that had the “peripheral vision” to see what was coming over the horizon in order to head off more unnecessary death, destruction and degradation of our homelands and scared places. He made peace with wolves, with sultans, with Assisi’s political foes, and with his own vagrant soul.
But let us now praise other men and women who shared his vision for restorative justice both for human and other-than-human species: Thomas Merton, Rachel Carson, Aldo Leopold, Eleanor Roosevelt, Nelson Mandela, Dorothy Day, Leonardo Boff, Snyder, Winona LaDuke, Richard Rohr, Vandana Shiva, Wendell Berry, Freeman House, Stephanie Mills, Eric Enos, W.S. Merwin, Vernon Masayesva, Will Allen and David Orr, among so many others.
Let they motivate us to do the same on our own home ground and in our most sacred sanctuaries. Peas and Beans!
Brother Coyote, OEF