Saint Francis of Assisi

Every month, I look forward to providing a prayer or blessing of the Saints for you. The saints are priests, brothers, sisters, the apostles, and other holy men and women who helped to make the world holier through their love of Christ.

Together we must learn to trust in God’s love and protection just as the saints did. They serve as role models who gave their lives for others, just as Jesus gave His Life for us.

This month, we focus on St. Francis of Assisi.

Francis grew up in the lovely Italian hill-town of Assisi, where his father was a wealthy merchant. He loved his life of privilege — indulging in feasting, dancing, good food and fine clothes. But one day, Francis had a dream in which God spoke to him: “Come follow me, sell what you have and give everything to the poor.”

From that moment, Francis gave everything away in order to follow in the footsteps of Christ. God spoke directly to St. Francis, saying “Francis, go and rebuild my church.”

Francis brought the love of Christ to everyone he saw and encountered. He emptied himself to be filled with his love for others.

Many men and women followed the charism of St. Francis by joining his order, known as the Franciscans.

Francis’ love and charity calls out from the words of his Prayer of St. Francis — one of my all-time favorites:

Lord make Me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine master, grant that I may
Not so much seek to be consoled as to console,
To be understood, as to understand,
To be loved, as to love.
For it’s in giving that we receive,
And it’s in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it’s in dying that we are born
To eternal life.

St. Francis of Assisi died on October 3, 1226. Today, we are invited to encounter the living God in the Eucharist and we have an opportunity to welcome Him into our hearts as St. Francis did.

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Join me standing together with the Saints of the holiness of God’s kingdom. Regardless of space or time, all find a home in the heavenly Jerusalem, as the multitude of nations are united under the common banner of Christ. I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue (Rv. 7:9)

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