St. Francis of Assisi
b. 1182 d. 1226
Feast Day: October 4
St. Francis was born at Assisi in
1182. After a care free youth, he renounced his
paternal wealth and committed himself to God.
He led a life of evangelical poverty and
preached the love of God to all. He established
a rule which a number of his companions followed
and which gained approval of the Holy See.
Subsequently, he founded an order of nuns and a
society of laypersons who practice penance while
living in the world. He
died in 1226.
Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where
there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is
injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope; where there is
darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine 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; it is in
dying that we are born again to eternal life.