Francis of Assisi Quotes (Author of The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi)
Biography of St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Animals
Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received - only what you have given: a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage. Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. Lord, help me to live this day, quietly, easily. To lean upon Thy great strength, trustfully, restfully. To wait for the unfolding of Thy will, patiently, serenely.
Francis of Assisi c. He abandoned a life of luxury after reportedly hearing the voice of God, who commanded him to rebuild the Christian church and to live in poverty. His father, Pietro di Bernardone, was a wealthy cloth merchant, and his mother was a French noblewoman. His father was traveling when he was born, and his mother had the baby christened Giovanni, the Italian name for John the Baptist. His father wanted a man of business, not of God, and renamed his son Francesco, or Francis, reflecting his love of France. The boy grew up in wealth, learning archery, wrestling, and horsemanship, but fell in with a group of young people prone to wild parties.
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Goodreads helps you follow your favorite authors. - We have a higher mission -- to be of service to them wherever they require it. In , during a mass, he listened to a priest reading the words of Christ who was giving instructions to his disciples, and Francis sensed his calling to live a simple lifestyle and preach the word of God.