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The “Seraphim” in the Visions of Isaiah and St. Francis

St. Francis’ vision of a Seraph, fresco by Giotto; in the Basilica of San Francesco, Assisi, Italy

“While Francis was praying on the mountainside, he saw a Seraph with six fiery and shining wings descend from the height of heaven. And when in swift flight the Seraph had reached a spot in the air near the man of God, there appeared between the wings the figure of a man crucified

Seraphs are those angels closest to God, burning with love as they bow before the most high God, shouting, “Holy, holy, holy!” Their fiery wings, as depicted here, suggest the flaming intensity of God’s love that Christ communicated to Francis, which in turn set Francis’ heart afire.

The intervention of the Seraphim into our lives as witnessed by the Prophet Isaiah and Saint Franciscus, is a transforming moment where the faithful servant witnesses their own sinful nature.

“The Seraphim” in the Visions of Isaiah and St. Francis”

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