Francis fell in love with a God of such humility and total self-emptying. The great and glorious God who had created so much beauty and wonder was also the one who entered our squalor and pain to heal and to make whole, to repair the hurt we inflict upon each other and upon God's wondrous creation.
He fell in love with Jesus Christ.
And today, in his simplicity and originality, Francis keeps reminding numerous people to take another look at our world and how we are living in it.
He gives them the Gospel and says:
"Follow in your own way and in your own heart
the teaching and the footprints of Our Lord Jesus Christ."
He invites them to share with him his love affair with Jesus. Thomas Celano, his first biographer, wrote: "He was always occupied with Jesus. Jesus he bore in his heart, Jesus in his mouth, Jesus in his ears, Jesus in his eyes, Jesus in his hands. Indeed, many times, as he went along the way meditating and singing of Jesus, he would forget his journey and invite all the elements to praise Jesus."
He tells those who would follow Jesus to be unpretentious and stand with the poor and the marginalised in their struggle for justice.
He continues to teach the costly art of peace and reconciliation which refuses to name any as enemy because we are all brothers and sisters in the one great family of an all-loving and forgiving God.
And he rejoices with all who have opened themselves to the bountiful goodness and beauty of the universe giving their energies to fostering its life and sustainability.
Francis tells us to bend low and stand tall so as to embrace the whole of creation in a canticle of praise and gratitude for the extraordinary gifts of life and love.