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October 4 is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

by Ian on September 11, 2007

"Francis of Assisi is not for everyone. Even many saints would not be comfortable with Francis. He appeals primarily to the heart. He would never be accused of being lukewarm, for he lived his life afire. Francis found God in real life. He led a life of radical devotion to God and to service of other people, especially poor people.

Typically, Francis attracts the average person more than the scholar. Devotions popular with many Catholics are associated with Francis. The Christmas crib or Nativity scene, Stations of the Cross, the Stigmata, and the garden statues surrounded by birds and flowers, to name a few.

Francis found his inspiration in the Gospels. More precisely, he found it in the stories in which Jesus walked among the people of the streets and talked with equal ease to children, tax collectors, lepers, foreigners, and Pharisees. Francis experienced the good news in the flesh in poor people and in needy people, in fig trees and in mustard seeds, in sheep and in goats. In short, Francis practiced an incarnational, sacramental spirituality.

To say that Francis' vision is sacramental means simply that he was always drawn to life, to the preciousness of the everyday. He shunned intellectualizing and instead looked for God in the flesh, in the earth, and in simple things. He preferred to pray with his feet, with his hands, and with his voice raised in song. Not only did Francis meditate on the suffering of Jesus, but he bore the wounds of Jesus in his very flesh when he received the stigmata."

- excerpt from the book "Praying with Francis of Assisi"

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"The virtues and grace

Human virtues acquired by education, by deliberate acts and by a perseverance ever-renewed in repeated efforts are purified and elevated by divine grace. With God's help, they forge character and give facility in the practice of the good. The virtuous man is happy to practice them.

It is not easy for man, wounded by sin, to maintain moral balance. Christ's gift of salvation offers us the grace necessary to persevere in the pursuit of virtues. Everyone should always ask for this grace of light and strength, frequent the sacraments, cooperate with the Holy Spirit, and follow his calls to love what is good and to shun evil."

- from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1810, 1811

 

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The Praises of God by Saint Francis of Assisi:

"You are the holy Lord God Who does wonderful things.

You are strong. You are great. You are the most high.

You are the almighty king. You holy Father, King of heaven and earth.

You, are three and one, the Lord God of gods; You are the good,

all good, the highest good, Lord God living and true.

You are love, charity; You are wisdom, You are humility;

You are patience, You are beauty, You are meekness;

You are security, You are rest; You are gladness and joy, You are our hope, You are justice;

You are moderation, You are all our riches to sufficiency.

You are beauty, You are meekness;

You are the protector, You are our custodian and defender;

You are strength, You are refreshment. You are our hope;

You are our faith, You are our charity; You are all our sweetness,

You are our eternal life, Great and wonderful. Lord, Almighty God, Merciful Savior. "

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louise rosinsky February 3, 2009 at 5:11 pm

Hello, I was wondering if you know of a resource for collecting images (portraits) of various saints for publication.
Thank you, and help would be greatly appreciated!
Louise Rosinsky
310 430 2724

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