(Photo of the Creche located next to the Portiuncula Chapel on the campus of the Franciscan University of Steubenville)
"Francis observed the birthday of the Child Jesus with inexpressible eagerness over all other feasts, saying that it was the feast of feasts, on which God, having become a tiny infant, clung to human breasts. Pictures of those infant members he kissed with thoughts filled with yearning, and his compassion for the Child flooded his heart and made in stammer words of sweetness after the manner of infants."
"Saint Francis of Assisi"
by Thomas of Celano, Second Life