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Saint Francis of Assisi
Saint Francis of Assisi
Saint Francis of Assisi
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Saint Francis of Assisi

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Saint Francis of Assisi | 5x7 print

St. Francis of Assisi was born into a bit of familial strife: his mother gave birth to him while his father was away on a trip to France. When his father discovered that she named him Giovanni after John the Baptist, he was enraged because he did not want his child to become a man of God. Instead, he wanted his child to grow up to be a businessman like himself and take frequent trips abroad to France. So he actually renamed his son Francesco--which is essentially like calling him a Frenchman!

Francis was indulged throughout his youth and was given pretty much anything he wanted. Everyone loved him and felt good about giving in to his every whim. Francis became the leader of a group of people who would spend their nights at wild parties, which led him, unsurprisingly, into a life of vice. Francis once remarked that he “lived in sin” during his youth.

Francis eventually became good at business like his father wished, and wanted more than success: he desired nobility and knighthood--so much so that when Assisi declared war on the nearby town of Perugia, he became a soldier. Francis was eventually taken prisoner and held for a year in a dark dungeon. This experience did not change his heart though, and Francis continued his life of debauchery--sainthood was not even a thought in his head at the time.

Francis eventually joined the Fourth Crusade, still hoping to achieve knighthood and glory. However, he only got a day’s ride away from Assisi when he had a dream where God told him to return home without going to battle. He did as God asked and returned to Assisi, but was called a coward by the townspeople--the opposite of what he had hoped to achieve by going to battle.

Still waiting to hear what God wanted for his life, Francis would spend time alone in prayer--but answers did not come right away, and Francis still had his life and his business to continue. One day, Francis came upon a leper--and instead of recoiling in fear as he might have done before--he jumped off his horse and kissed the hand of the leper. When he turned back to look at the leper, he saw that the leper had disappeared. He considered this experience a test from God that he had passed.

Francis eventually felt called by God to “repair His church,” by which he interpreted as the physical, crumbling building he was in. He took supplies from his father to repair the church and was brought in front of the bishop by his father. Francis took off all his clothes, revealing just a hair shirt, and declared that only God in heaven was his father. He went off into the wilderness to pray.

Francis began preaching and amassed a following around him. In one story, he preached to hundreds of birds about being thankful to God for their lives--and supposedly, the birds sat and listened to him until he told them they could leave.

St. Francis of Assisi is depicted in the robes of the Franciscans and usually with an animal or two in his midst to reflect his time spent in the wilderness.

St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals, merchants, and ecology.

Feast Day: October 04
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