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The Joyful Beggar - A Novel About St. Francis Of Assisi

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Louis de Wohl

In this magnificent and stirring novel, Louis de Wohl turns his famed narrative skill to the story of the soldier and merchant's son who might have been right-hand man to a king … and who became instead the most beloved of all saints. Set against the tempestuous background of 13th Century Italy and Egypt, here is the magnificent and inspiring story of Francis Bernardone, the brash, pleasure-loving young officer who was to become immortalized as St. Francis of Assisi.

The story teems with action, pageantry and intrigue with finely conceived characters-the beautiful, saintly Clare, Frederick, the hawk-faced King of Sicily and Holy Roman Emperor, the Sultan Al Kamil, Pope Innocent III. The scene shifts from Assisi, Rome and Sicily to the deadly sands of Egypt.

This book was made into a feature film by 20th Century Fox entitled Francis of Assisi, now available on video from Ignatius Press.

"A sweeping, evocative historical novel that vividly recreates the 13th century as de Wohl stirringly chronicles the journey of Francis from soldier to mystic, a spiritual quest fraught with significance for the modern reader."
—Robert Waldron, Author, Hound of Heaven at My Heels

"High adventure … with great story-telling skill."
—Atlanta Journal and Constitution



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0-89870-814-1
9780898708141
374
8"  (20.3 cm) x 5 1/4"  (13.3 cm) x 1 1/8"  (2.85 cm)
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St. Clare of Assisi

St. Clare of Assisi Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 08/11
Tridentine Calendar - 08/12


Patron Of: Needle Workers, Eye Diseases, Goldsmiths, Laundry Workers, Embroiderers, Gilders, Good Weather, Television Writers

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    Daughters of a count and countess. Her father died young. After hearing Saint Francis of Assisi preach in the streets, she confided to him her desire to live for God, the two became close friends. On Palm Sunday 1212 the bishop presented her with a palm, which she apparently took as a sign. Clare and her cousin Pacifica ran away from her mother's palace during the night. She eventually took the veil of religious profession from Francis at the Church of Our Lady of the Angels in Assisi.

    Founded the Order of Poor Ladies (Poor Clares) at San Damiano, and led it for 40 years. Everywhere the Franciscans established themselves throughout Europe, there also went the Poor Clares, depending solely on alms, forced to have complete faith on God to provide through people; a lack of land-based revenues was a new idea at the time. Clare's mother and sisters later joined the order, and there are still thousands of members living lives of prayer in silence.

    Clare loved music and well-composed sermons. She was humble, merciful, charming, optimistic, and chivalrous. She would get up late at night to tuck in her sisters who'd kicked off their covers. She daily meditated on the Passion. When she learned of the Franciscan martyrs in Morrocco in 1221, she tried to go there to give her own life for God, but was restrained. Once when her convent was about to be attacked, she displayed the Sacrament in a monstrance at the convent gates, and prayed before it; the attackers left.

    Toward the end of her life, when the was too ill to attend Mass, an image of the service would display on the wall of her cell; thus her patronage of television. She was ever the close friend and spiritual student of Francis, who apparently led her soul into the light.

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    16 July 1194 at Assisi, Italy

Died
    11 August 1253 of natural causes

Canonized
    26 September 1255 by Pope Alexander IV

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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