Articles by Julio M. Shiling
The Story Saint Francis and First Nativity Scene
The Story Saint Francis and First Nativity Scene.
As we celebrate this very special event, may the humility and magnanimous strength of Saint Francis guide us to keep our path ever closer to the One to whom we owe everything.
AUTHOR12.24.21 3 MINUTE READ
The Nativity scene, the recreation in the imagery of the birth of the Infant Jesus, is a staple of Christian tradition around Christmastime. This idea and custom can be attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, one of the most influential figures of Christianity, especially the Catholic Church. With a world principally illiterate for most of history, Catholicism has stressed the importance of utilizing the arts to facilitate the understanding of religious doctrine, observance, and praxis. St. Francis has transformed the Church and many of its policies in ways unknown to a great number of people. The mystic from Assisi, for example, broadened the message of humility after his experience in San Damiano Church where, while praying before the Byzantine Crucifix, Jesus addressed him saying “Francis, go and repair my church.” The need for “repairs” was not for the physical conditions of the cited church and monastery in Assisi, but of the Church itself.