Skip to comments.Saint Francis of Assisi, 'giant of holiness,' honored Oct. 4
Posted on 10/03/2011 1:34:17 PM PDT by NYer
.- On Oct. 4, Roman Catholics celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the Italian deacon who brought renewal to the Church through his decision to follow Jesus' words as literally as possible.
In a January 2010 general audience, Pope Benedict XVI recalled this giant of holiness as a great saint and a joyful man, who taught the Church that the secret of true happiness is to become saints, close to God.
The future Saint Francis was born on an uncertain date in the early 1180s, one of the several children born to the wealthy merchant Pietro Bernardone and his wife Pica. He originally received the name Giovanni (or John), but became known as Francesco (or Francis) by his father's choice.
Unlike many medieval saints, St. Francis was neither studious nor pious in his youth. His father's wealth gave him access to a lively social life among the upper classes, where he was known for his flashy clothes and his readiness to burst into song. Later a patron of peacemakers, he aspired to great military feats in his youth and fought in a war with a rival Italian city-state.
A period of imprisonment during that conflict turned his mind toward more serious thoughts, as did a recurring dream that suggested his true army was not of this world. He returned to Assisi due to illness in 1205, and there began consider a life of voluntary poverty.
Three major incidents confirmed Francis in this path. In Assisi, he overcame his fear of disease to kiss the hand of a leper. Afterward, he made a pilgrimage to Rome, where he deposited his money at Saint Peter's tomb and exchanged clothes with a beggar. Soon after he returned home, Francis heard Christ tell him in a vision: Go, Francis, and repair my house, which as you see is falling into ruin.
Francis began to use his father's wealth to restore churches. This led to a public quarrel in which the cloth-merchant's son removed his clothing and declared that he had no father except God. He regarded himself as the husband of Lady Poverty, and resolved to serve Christ as a herald of the Great King.
During the year 1208, the herald received the inspiration that would give rise to the Franciscan movement. At Mass one morning, he heard the Gospel reading in which Christ instructed the apostles to go forth without money, shoes, or extra clothing. This way of life soon became a papally-approved rule, which would attract huge number of followers within Francis' own lifetime.
Through his imitation of Christ, Francis also shared in the Lord's sufferings. He miraculously received Christ's wounds, the stigmata, in his own flesh during September of 1224. His health collapsed over the next two years, a living sacrifice made during two decades of missionary preaching and penance.
St. Francis of Assisi died on Oct. 3, 1226. Pope Gregory IX, his friend and devotee, canonized him in 1228.
I’ll have to take the Ash for more walks and give the catz a treat.
What the hell does any of that have to do with Francis of Assisi?
But there was no room to add "St. Francis of Assisi"
Thanks for the post and ping ... and the saintly quotes!
This is the worst case of thread hijack I have seen. I was really interested in reading about a good man that I know little about.
Speaking of taglines - I have a variant of that one printed on my personal card that I pass to people who need my contact info
Mine: "Be kind. For everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."
My current: From a Bob Dylan song.
One of my favorite saints.
Spurred on by zeal for the faith of Christ and incited by a desire for martyrdom, St. Francis at one time went beyond the seas with twelve of his very holy companions, planning to travel right to the Sultan of Babylonia.
Now when he arrived in a certain county of the Saracens, where such cruel men guarded the roads that no Christian passing through these could escape being killed, by the grace of God they were not killed, but were taken prisoners, beaten in various ways and very roughly bound and then led before the Sultan.
In his presence St. Francis preached under the guidance of the Holy Spirit in such a divine way about the holy Catholic faith that he offered to enter the fire for it. As a result, the Sultan began to feel great devotion for him, both because of the unshakable conviction of his faith and because of his contempt of the world--for though he was utterly poor he would not accept any gifts--and also because of his fervent longing for martyrdom.
And thereafter the Sultan willingly listened to him and asked him to come back to see him many times. Moreover, he generously granted permission to him and to his companions to go anywhere and freely preach wherever they wished in all his empire. And he gave them a certain little token so that no one who saw it should harm them.
After receiving that generous permission, St. Francis sent those chosen companions of his, two by two, into various lands of the Saracens to preach the faith of Christ.
At last, seeing that he was unable to gather the fruit which he desired in that country, St. Francis, as a result of a revelation from God, prepared to return to the lands of the faithful with all his companions, and he assembled them together again. Then he went back to the Sultan and told him that he planned to leave.
The Sultan said to him: "Brother Francis, I would willingly be converted to the faith of Christ, but I am afraid to do it now, because these Saracens, if they heard about it, would immediately kill me and you, with all your companions. And since you can still do a great deal of good, and I have to do many important things for the salvation of my soul, I do not want to bring about your premature death and mind. But show me how I can achieve salvation, and I am ready to obey you in everything."
Then St. Francis said to him: "My lord, I am leaving you now, but after I have returned to my country and at the call of God, gone to Heaven, after my death, through Divine Providence, I will send you two of my friars from whom you will receive the baptism of Christ and you will be saved, as my Lord Jesus Christ has revealed to me. And meanwhile free yourself from all that may hinder you, so that when the grace of Christ comes to you, He may find you well disposed in faith and devotion."
The Sultan gladly agreed and promised to do so, and he faithfully obeyed.
After saying goodbye to him, St. Francis went back to the lands of the faithful with that venerable group of his holy companions. And after some years, St. Francis gave up his soul to God by the death of his body.
And the Sultan grew ill. But awaiting the fulfillment of the dead Saint's promise, he stationed guards at the gates with orders to bring quickly to him two friars in the habit of St. Francis if they should show up.
At that time St. Francis appeared to two of his friars and ordered them to travel without delay to the Sultan and to obtain for him the salvation which the Saint had promised him. Those friars set out immediately and devoutly to fulfill his command. And after going over the sea, they were led to the Sultan by his guards.
When he saw them, the Sultan was filled with intense joy and he said: "Now I know indeed that the Lord has send His servants to me for my salvation, as St. Francis promised me through a divine revelation."
And after receiving instruction in the faith of Christ and holy Baptism from those friars, he died reborn in that illness, and his soul was saved through the merits of St. Francis.
To the glory of Christ the Blessed. Amen
That's an amazing man.
He is one of the greatest Christians in our 2000 year history, and the Fransciscan Order carry on his charity and love today.
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Saint Francis was born in Assisi, Italy in 1182. He lived and preached a life of poverty and love of God to all men. He founded the religious Order of the Franciscans; with St. Clare, he founded the Order of the Poor Clares; and the Third Order for lay people. He died in 1226.
Today anyone who has pets thank God for this great saint. :)=^..^=
Now I understand why the Francisians have the care and responsibility of the Christian shrines in Israel or the Holy Land to this very day.
Absolutely true. The Franciscans were for many, many years the only Christian group allowed to exist peaceably in the Holy Land and elsewhere in the Ottoman Empire. The influence of a fearless and loving Saint can last a very long time.
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