Saint Francis of Assisi

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Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of AssisiFrom Privilege to Poverty

Fast Facts - Background • Saint Francis of Assisi (born as: Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone) • Birth: 1181 or 1182 in Assisi, Italy • Death: October 3, 1226 in Assisi, Italy at 44 years of age • Feast Day: October 4th - celebrated with the blessing of the animals

Patronage • Animals -Saint Francis of Assisi preached the duty to protect and enjoy nature • Ecology and the Environment - Many stories about Saint Francis of Assisi tell of his love for animals • Merchants

The Life of Saint Francis of AssisiSaint Francis of Assisi was the son of a wealthy silk merchant and a French noblewoman, he was one of seven children. Saint Francis of Assisi lived a privileged early life. Known as a rebellious teenager, Saint Francis of Assisi was also known for his charm. At age 14, Saint Francis of Assisi left school.In 1201, when Saint Francis of Assisi was about 20 years of age, he began daydreaming of becoming a knight. Saint Francis of Assisi and other men of Assisi fought a battle against the Perugians. Saint Francis of Assisi was taken captive and held prisoner for almost one year. During the time he was held captive, Saint Francis of Assisi became very ill and he also began seeing visions. Saint Francis of Assisi was released in 1203 after being held captive for a ransom that was paid by his father. After his release from captivity, Saint Francis of Assisi was focused on God, prayer, helping lepers, a life of extreme poverty and preaching to people and animals. Followers of Saint Francis of Assisi became known as Franciscan Friars.

CanonizationSaint Francis of Assisi was canonized as a saint by Pope Gregory IX in 1226, two years after the death of Saint Francis of Assisi. The miracles of Saint Francis of Assisi include: healing a man with leprosy and mental illness, praying for robbers who changed their lives to become people of faith, stopping a wolf from continuing to terrorize a community, prayed that God would work through him to help people and animals and preached not only to people but also animals.

The Prayer of Saint Francis of AssisiLord, make me an instrument of thy peace.Where there is hatred, let me sow love;Where there is injury, pardon;Where there is doubt, faith;Where there is despair, hope;Where there is darkness, light;Where there is sadness, joy. O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seekTo be consoled as to console,To be understood as to understand,To be loved as to love;For it is in giving that we receive;It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.

Interesting Facts • Saint Francis of Assisi lived a privileged and rebellious early life • War changed Saint Francis of Assisi, giving him a focus on God, prayer and a life of poverty • Saint Francis of Assisi believed that nature was the mirror of God • Saint Francis of Assisi created the first nativity scene • In 1224, Saint Francis of Assisi had a vision that left him with the marks of crucifixion on his body


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