At 79 years old, after having 4 heart bypass operations, Carroll Gant of Hurst, Texas, decided he wouldn’t let that stop him from being active. He had to cut down a tree in his back yard, but he decided to make something of it. He could honor St. Francis by carving a statue of him.
I saw this as I perused a garage sale on my daily walk and asked him about it. Now 84, he told me October 4th was St. Francis Day. He showed me the stigmata on the hands and the wolf he’d carved from a log from the tree to stand beside the statue. He’d also carved a bird sitting on the statue’s arm and a duck standing nearby.