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Brother Sun, Sister Moon

 

Franco Zeffirelli directed this 1973 film about the early life of St. Francis of Assisi.       The film runs 120 minutes.

 

Donovan does the music for the film.  It was nominated by the Academy Awards for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration but lost out to The Sting.

 

Desiderata         

 

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.  As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.

 

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant: they too have their story.

 

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit.

 

If you compare yourself with others you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

 

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.  Keep interested in your own career, however, humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

 

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.  But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

 

Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.  Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

 

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.  Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.  But do not distress yourself with imaginings.  Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. 

 

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.  You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.  And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

 

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him/Her to be.  And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

 

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.  Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

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