Saint Francis of Assisi Minibook
Title: Saint Francis of Assisi
Authors: Bob and Penny Lord
Publisher: Journeys of Faith
Format: Printed minibook
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Saint Francis of Assisi
“Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.”
When a pilgrim goes to the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, he is given a pamphlet which reads, “An Encounter with St. Francis in Assisi.” This is what we will attempt to do in this chapter, introduce you to, and pray you experience such an encounter with the Poverello of Jesus, your heart will burn to learn more about him. There is so much to know about St. Francis that it’s impossible in this short chapter to tell it all. In addition, Francis touches everyone in a different way, as does Jesus. We believe that Francis was the closest human being on earth to mirror Jesus.
Francis draws you like a magnet. That’s how he got to us. On our first pilgrimage to Europe and the Holy Land, a side trip was included to Assisi from Rome. It was our first time in Rome, we had only one day to spend there. We didn’t want to leave Rome; there was too much we hadn’t seen. So when our guide told us that the next morning, we would leave bright and early for Assisi, Penny and I thought to ourselves, in your dreams; we weren’t going. We would explore Rome on our own. But the morning came, and we found ourselves boarding a bus for the three and a half hour drive to Assisi.
Saint Francis of Assisi appeals to every aspect of humanity.
He is Gospel"
Saint Francis of Assisi is one of the most powerful Saints of our Church. Lenin, one of the founders of the Communist Revolution, said on his deathbed, "If we had had one hundred Francis' of Assisi, the revolution would have been successful."
We travel to Assisi, the land of Saint Francis. No matter where you go there, you can feel Saint Francis and Saint Clare.
We discuss many of his Miracles. We describe the Portziuncola, first Franciscan Church, the Convent of San Damiano where the Crucifix spoke to Francis, when he asked, "What do you want of me Lord" and Jesus replied,
"Go and rebuild my Church which you can see, is in ruins."
We visit the Hermitage, where Francis went to meditate and hear the Lord's words. Come to his Basilica and visit his tomb.
Learn about the Stigmata, how it came about, and what effect it had on the rest of Saint Francis' life. Come with him as he returned to the Convent of San Damiano and Sister Clare, who cared for him. See his life and death as depicted by the many murals in the upper Basilica.
Learn about Saint Francis. We need him especially today.
"During this construction period of Francis' life, one of the broken-down churches he worked on, was the little Benedictine chapel at Santa Maria degli Angeli. It was called the Portiuncola. It had been abandoned, and was in ruins. Francis rebuilt this church in honor of Our Lady, and leased it from the Benedictines for one barrel of fish per year. This became the first church of the Franciscan Order...."