he knew that the praise of God stands on its strongest ground when it stands on nothing, he knew that we can the best measure the towering miracle of the mere fact of existence if we realize that but for some strange mercy we should not even exist. St Francis was a man of paradox. the inspiration behind the painting of Giotto and the poetry of Dante, Francis worked to end the crusade of the middle ages and intercede on behalf of birds. read this book and know more about st Francis