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The man behind the myths

 

Yes, Francis wore sandals and preached to the birds, but these pages take you beyond the nature-lover of popular myth to the real St. Francis of Assisi, model of holiness and Christian courage.

Here author Michael de la Bedoyere makes Francis and his times live again as he relates — with heart-stopping intensity —the adventures of this man who, precisely because of his great love for God, strove mightily to overcome his sinful nature.

You’ll learn the full story behind the famous incidents in Francis’s life —including his hugging the leper and his sermon to the birds. You’ll hear of Francis’s perilous journey into the heart of Islam, where Catholics were killed merely for professing Christ — and where Francis actually offered to be set on fire to establish the truth of the Catholic Faith!

Here, then, is the complete story of the man who cheerfully gave himself to God, without paying the least attention to the cares of this world . . . and did it with constant good humor and unflagging trust in God.

St. Francis of Assisi is a superb model for each of us today: an ordinary man who — by God’s grace — was able to do extraordinary things.

“This is an outstanding biography that may change your life: it certainly changed mine.”
Most Rev. Charles Chaput Archbishop of Denver


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9780918477897
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More Sophia Institute Press Gifts
2008

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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

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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.

Born
1181 at Assisi, Umbria, Italy as Francis Bernardone

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



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