Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi

Today, October the 4th we celebrate the life of a great saint in the catholic church, Saint Francis of Assisi. His life has been an inspiration for many people throughout many centuries. After his conversion to the gospel’s  life other men and women were moved to draw  God more closely and after selling their possession and giving the money to the poor they started to serve the lepers and to proclaim the good news  of our Lord Jesus Christ and the message of peace to every creature.

Saint Francis will recall the experience of his first years in this way:

“The Lord gave to me, Brother Francis, thus to begin to do penance; for when I was in sin it seemed to me very bitter to see lepers, and the Lord Himself led me amongst them and I showed mercy to them. And when I left them, that which had seemed to me bitter was changed for me into sweetness of body and soul. And afterwards I remained a little and I left the world. And the Lord gave me so much faith

in churches that I would simply pray and say thus: “We adore Thee Lord Jesus Christ here and in all Thy churches which are in the whole world, and we bless Thee because by Thy holy cross Thou hast redeemed the world.”

After that the Lord gave me, and gives me, so much faith in priests who live according to the form of the holy Roman Church, on account of their order, that if they should persecute me, I would have recourse to them. And if I had as much wisdom as Solomon had, and if I should find poor priests of this world, I would not preach against their will in the parishes in which they live. And I desire to fear, love, and honor them and all others as my masters; and I do not wish to consider sin in them, for in them I see the Son of God and they are my masters. And I do (his because in this world, I see nothing corporally of the most high Son of God Himself except His most holy Body and Blood, which they receive and they alone administer to others. And I will that these most holy mysteries be honored and revered above all things and that they be placed in precious places. Where so ever I find His most holy Names and written words in unseemly places, I wish to collect them, and I ask that they may be collected and put in a becoming place. And we ought to honor and venerate all theologians and those who minister to us the most holy Divine Words as those who minister to us spirit and life. 

And when the Lord gave me some brothers, no one showed me what I ought to do, but the Most High Himself revealed to me that I should live according to the form of the holy Gospel”

Saint Francis died on October 4 1224 after founding the Order of Franciscan brothers, The Second Order of Poor Clare sisters and the Third Order for lay people committed to live in penance and the life of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Sr. Teresa

About Sr. Teresa

I am a Capuchin poor Clare sister since 1983.