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St Francis of Assisi

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St Francis of Assisi The Life of St Francis Francis' father, Peter Bernardone, was a trader. He sold spice and was fabric, which brought form Asia and was usually out of town for business. When Francis was born, his father was in Asia. His mother, Mona Pico, named him John, but Peter Bernardone renamed him Francis immediately after he returned home. Francis spent his happy childhood in a wealthy family. Since Francis was in a rich family, he studied Latin, the vernacular and provincial. In addition, he studied music, songs, and poetry, too. He seems like a good student, but from other aspect, he was also the leader in the escapades of the town's youth. One day, while he was working in his father's cloth shop, came a beggar. Francis rudely kicked the beggar our, but after a while, he regretted. He chased after the beggar, gave him money and apologised for that. From here, we can see the pity and love inside Francis heart. ...read more.


During the last years of his relatively short life (he died at 44) he was half blind and seriously ill. Two years before his death, he received the stigmata, the real and painful wounds of Christ in his hands, feet and side. On his deathbed, he said over and over again the last addition to his Canticle of the Sun, "Be praised, O Lord, for our Sister Death." And at the end asked his superior to have his clothes removed when the last hour came and for permission to expire lying naked on the earth, in imitation of his Lord. St. Francis, Rabbits and Fish One day a brother brought a rabbit that had been caught in a trap to St. Francis. Francis advised the rabbit to be more alert in the future, then released the rabbit from the trap and set it on the ground to go its way. But the rabbit hopped back up onto Francis' lap, desiring to be close to the saint. ...read more.


O, Dirine 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 is in giving that we receive; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; And it is in dying to ourselves that we are born to eternal life. Amen. My views It is clear from an early age that St. Francis was a kind person. When he says sorry to the beggar it shows he is growing out of the rebellious young schoolboy he was. This is shown when he says sorry to the Beggar. From then on he seems to lead a good life, teaching and learning about kindness. There was even a prayer written as tribute to him. He is supposed to be the first person to get the stigmata. This is obviously unknown. It is also unknown whether he could really communicate with animals. In any case he was a very holy and religious man. ...read more.

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