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The Message Of St. Francis - With Frescoes From The Basilica Of St. Francis Of Assisi

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All royalties go to the fund set up for the restoration of the Basilica.

This is a celebration of the life of St. Francis, great lover of God, man, and nature. Extracts from his writings and from biographies of the saint are selected by Sister Nan, a member of the community of St. Francis in London. Illustrated with stunning details and images from the fresco cycle in the Basilica at Assisi, the book invites the reader to step into the world of St. Francis for a unique spiritual experience.

A legend in his own lifetime, Francis was canonized in 1226. Within two years of his death, work began on the great Basilica that bears his name. Two churches, one built on top of the other and set into the rocky hillside at Assisi, were decorated with some of the most important frescoes in Europe.

The 28 scenes from Francis' life are the treasure of the Upper Church. They speak to us of humanity, and deeply reflect Francis' capacity to bring Christianity closer to people.

An introduction to the life of St. Francis by Father Maximilian Mizzi, OFM Conv., Director of the Franciscan International Centre for Ecumenism in Assisi is an inspiration to readers.


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9780898709858
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9"  (22.8 cm) x 7"  (17.7 cm)
More Ignatius Press Gifts (About Ignatius Press)
2003

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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



All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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