Sunday, January 01, 2006

Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis was born in Assisi, Italy in 1182. He was very wealthy and had many fine clothes. When Francis was older he heard the Lord asking him to leave everything he had and to follow Him. Francis gave away all his money even his clothing.

He worked with the poor and the sick. Seeing the love that Francis had for God and for the poor and sick, other men started to follow him and work with him.

They wore the robes of poor shepherds and preached to the people about loving one another as Jesus had told us. Francis loved people and nature because he saw that everything and everyone was created by the same God.

Francis took some of the young men who had been working with him to Rome. He wanted to start a new order of priests, the Franciscan order. The Pope gave his permission to Francis to start the new order.

Francis had a vision where he saw Jesus on the cross. After the vision he realized he had the wounds of Jesus on his hands, feet and side.

Saint Francis lived a life of serving God and serving others. He lived for loving God and for loving his neighbor as Jesus told us “ to love God with our whole hearts and to love our neighbors as ourselves.” His feast day is October 4th.

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