Saint Francis

Saint Francis of Assisi (born Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone; 1181 – October 3, 1226) was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher. He founded the men's Franciscan Order, the women’s Order of St. Clare, and the Third Order of Saint Francis for men and women not living monastic lives. Though he was never ordained to the Catholic priesthood, Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history.

Francis was the son of a wealthy cloth merchant in Assisi, and he lived the high-spirited life typical of a wealthy young man, even fighting as a soldier for Assisi. While going off to war in 1204, Francis had a vision that directed him back to Assisi, where he lost his taste for his worldly life. On a pilgrimage to Rome, he joined the poor in begging at St. Peter's Basilica. The experience moved him to live in poverty. Francis returned home, began preaching on the streets, and soon amassed a following. His Order was authorized by Pope Innocent III in 1210. He then founded the Order of Poor Clares, which became an enclosed religious order for women, as well as the Order of Brothers and Sisters of Penance, commonly called the Third Order. (Wikipedia)

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Simple Reminders by Saint Francis

Amazing Quotes by Saint Francis

All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle. ~St. Francis of Assisi (18)

Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words. ~St. Francis of Assisi (33)

Lord, 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; And where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved, as to love. ~St. Francis of Assisi (-260)

For it is in giving that we receive, It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. ~St. Francis of Assisi (-13)

Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible. ~St. Francis of Assisi (17)

He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist. ~St. Francis of Assisi (-50)

The deeds you do may be the only sermon some persons will hear today ~St. Francis of Assisi (27)

Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that have received--only what you have given. ~St. Francis of Assisi (0)

For it is in giving that we receive. ~St. Francis of Assisi (59)

I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me, He can work through anyone. ~St. Francis of Assisi (9)

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart. ~St. Francis of Assisi (16)

No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves. ~St. Francis of Assisi (-4)

True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice. ~St. Francis of Assisi (29)

If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. ~St. Francis of Assisi (-43)

Lord, grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change, he courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. ~St. Francis of Assisi (-26)

We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way. ~St. Francis of Assisi (0)

A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows. ~St. Francis of Assisi (41)

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where these is hatred, let me sow love. ~St. Francis of Assisi (14)

Nor did demons crucify Him; it is you who have crucified Him and crucify Him still, when you delight in your vices and sins. ~St. Francis of Assisi (-7)

Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society. ~St. Francis of Assisi (47)

Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self. ~St. Francis of Assisi (1)

What we are looking for is what is looking. ~St. Francis of Assisi (52)

I have sinned against my brother the ass. ~St. Francis of Assisi (54)

Blessed is the servant who loves his brother as much when he is sick and useless as when he is well and an be of service to him. And blessed is he who loves his brother as well when he is afar off as when he is by his side, and who would say nothing behind his back he might not, in love, say before his face. ~St. Francis of Assisi (-192)

Every day He humbles Himself just as He did when from from His heavenly throne into the Virgin's womb; every day He comes to us and lets us see Him in lowliness, when He descends from the bosom of the Father into the hands of the priest at the altar. ~St. Francis of Assisi (-133)

We should seek not so much to pray but to become prayer. ~St. Francis of Assisi (39)

Praised be my Lord, for our sister water. ~St. Francis of Assisi (54)