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Francis Of Assisi: The Saint - Early Documents, Volume 1

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Praise of Volume 1, FRANCIS OF ASSISI...The Saint


“New City Press releases the first volume in its projected three-volume
collection of the early writings of St. Francis of Assisi. Edited by Franciscan
scholars... Francis of Assisi: Early Documents contains new translations of
such well-known writings as ,,The Canticle of the Creatures,,, biographies of
Francis by his contemporaries and ,,The Versified Life of Saint Francis,, by Henri
d,,Avraches, translated here for the first time.”

Publishers Weekly


“Although its painstaking introductions and annotations are intended
for scholars, the readings themselves are as vibrant, accessible, instructive
and charming as St. Francis himself must have been.”



“This volume contains writings of Francis on such diverse subjects as
Prayer Before the Crucifix, Exhortations to Clergy, Rule for Hermitages, and
A Salutation of the Virtues. The writings afford wonderful insight into the
theology and basic concerns of this important figure in church history.”

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Including: The Writings of Francis, The Life of Francis by Thomas of Celano, The
Liturgical Texts, The Life of Francis by Julian of Speyer, The Versified Life
of Francis by Henri d’Avranches, The Sacred Exchange between Francis and
Lady Poverty, and Related Documents.



The Saint is the first volume of the long-awaited project Francis of Assisi:
Early Documents. It includes liturgical texts, related documents, a general
introduction to the series by Regis Armstrong, helpful introductions to each
section, colored maps, and extensive annotation.

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St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 10/04
Tridentine Calendar - 10/04

Patron Of: Animal Welfare Society, Animals, Birds, Catholic Action, Fire, Merchants, Needle Workers, Solitary Death, Zoos

Son of Pietro Bernadone, a rich cloth merchant. Though he had a good education and became part of his father's business, he also had a somewhat misspent youth. Street brawler and some-time soldier. Captured during a conflict between Assisi and Perugia, he spent over a year as a prisoner of war. During this time he had a conversion experience, including a reported message from Christ calling him to leave this worldly life. Upon release, Francis began taking his religion seriously.

He took the Gospels as the rule of his life, Jesus Christ as his literal example. He dressed in rough clothes, begged for his sustenance, and preached purity and peace. His family disapproved, and his father disinherited him; Francis formally renounced his wealth and inheritance. He visited hospitals, served the sick, preached in the streets, and took all men and women as siblings. He began to attract followers in 1209, and with papal blessing, founded the Franciscans based on a simple statement by Jesus: "Leave all and follow me." In 1212 Clare of Assisi became his spiritual student, which led to the founding of the Poor Clares. Visited and preached to the Saracens. Composed songs and hymns to God and nature. Lived with animals, worked with his hands, cared for lepers, cleaned churches, and sent food to thieves. In 1221 he resigned direction of the Franciscans.

While in meditation on Mount Alvernia in the Apennines in September 1224, Francis received the stigmata, which periodically bled during the remaining two years of his life. This miracle has a separate memorial on 17 September.

In the Middle Ages people who believed to be possessed by Beelzebub especially called upon the intercession of Saint Francis, the theory being that he was the demon's opposite number in heaven.

1181 at Assisi, Umbria, Italy as Francis Bernardone

4 October 1226 at Portiuncula, Italy of natural causes; relics in Assisi, Italy

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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