In this lesson we will study the life and holiness of St. Francis. We will understand that St. Francis is not a pious man who cared only for the environment, as liberals would make it seem; rather, he was a man of God who sought to spread the Kingdom of God to all. We will study the virtues of the Franciscan Order, see the holiness of St. Clare, learn of dozens of Franciscan saints, and consider the contributions of St. Francis for the Church and the conversion of non-Catholics.Preview This Lesson
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Tiarini Alessandro: Holy Family with St Francis of Assisi
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October 4th is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis of Assisi lived from 1181 - 1226 and was what we would call today a "radical". He loved God in such a radical way that from the moment of his conversion he served God completely. One he say a leper and was horrified by the man and kept walking and realized his horrible sin, turned around, and he not only gave the man his money but...a kiss. Lepers were not only considered hideous but their odor was equally as disgusting as their appearance. And St. Francis fought against these desires of "Me" and "I" and turned them around to serving God through our neighbors. "If anyone says: I love God, but he hates his brother, he is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. This is the commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother"(1 John: 4:20-21)
St. Francis was not a priest but a man who did receive the five wounds of Christ and lived a life devoted to God. Once, Christ on the crucifix in a church actually spoke to St. Francis, asking the saint to rebuild His Church, which he did. While St. Francis initially thought our Lord was asking for the small unkept Church he was in to be rebuilt, St. Francis later understood that our Lord wished for him to rebuild the Church through fostering his Order.
His intense love of God one day even became visible fire around his Church where numerous people came and tried to put it out and realize it was not fire but an intense love manifested in a form similar to a halo.
Francis Bernardone was born in 1181 at Assisi, Umbria, Italy, whose father was a wealthy merchant and to Pica, his mother. At his baptism, St. Francis received the name Giovanni (John), but his father changed it Francesco for France, where his business as a clothe merchant led him at that moment. He became a favorite of the nobles in Assisi, and lived a life of a noblemen delighting in noble clothing and other possessions. At the age of 20, after living a life away from God, Francis went to war against Perugia, but was captured and imprisoned for a year. While there, he received a fever that appears to have turned his thoughts to the things of eternity. However, he still wanted a military career. The very night before his departure, he experienced a vision of Christ that changed his life.
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