St. Francis of Assisi

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St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis

St. Francis of Assisi is one of the most famous saint’s in church history.  He abandoned a life of luxury for a life devoted to Christ.  He reportedly heard the voice of God, who commanded him to rebuild the Christian Church and live in poverty.

10 Facts about St. Francis of Assisi

1. He was born in 1181 and he died in 1226. He was born—and he died—in Assisi, Italy.

2. St. Francis was a knight and went to war for Assisi against Perugia on 2 occasions. The Assisians were defeated on one of the occasion, and Francis, being among those taken prisoners, was held captive for more than a year in Perugia.

3. Not long after his return to Assisi (in 1205), while Francis was praying before an ancient crucifix in the forsaken wayside chapel of St. Damian’s below the town, he heard a voice saying: “Go, Francis, and repair my house, which as you see is falling into ruin.”

4. Francis traveled to the Holy Lands during the Crusades hoping to conquer the Muslims with love rather than war.

5. It is said that he received the stigmata two years before he died. This was the wounds of Christ from the cross including his hands, feet, and side.

6. Founder of The Franciscan Order, the Order of the Poor Ladies (Order of St. Clare), and the Third Order of Saint Francis, that was for men and women who didn’t take vows or leave their jobs, but lived out the principals of the Franciscan Order in their daily lives

7. Francis set up the first known Nativity scene to celebrate Christmas in 1220.

8. St. Francis of Assisi was ordained a deacon but never ordained a priest.

9. He was canonized in 1228 by Pope Gregory IX.

10. October 4th is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi.

Please watch the Video below to learn more about St. Francis of Assisi.

Sources:

http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/Saints/Saint.aspx?id=1158

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/jimmy-akin/who-was-st.-francis-of-assisi-12-things-to-know-and-share