Francis of Assisi

Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis of Assisi, informally named as Francesco (1181/1182 – 3 October 1226), was an Italian Roman Catholic friar, deacon and preacher. He founded the men's Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of Saint Clare, the Third Order of Saint Francis and the Custody of the Holy Land. Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history.

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A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.

All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.

Start by doing what's necessary, then do what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves.

Do not be disturbed or angered at another's sin or evil, rather spiritually help the one who has sinned as best you can, because those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.

Lord make me an instrument of thy peace. Where these is hatred let me sow love.

Every woman and every man is the mother of God when we carry Jesus in our heart and body through a divine love and a pure sincere conscience. We give birth to Him through a holy activity which must shine as an example before others.

If a superior give any order to one who is under him, which is against that man's conscience, although he do not obey it, yet he shall not be dismissed.

You damned spirits! You can only do what the hand of God allows you to do

For it is in giving that we receive.

Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.

True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice.

It is not fitting when one is in God's service to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.

What we are looking for is what is looking.

I have been all things unholy. If God can work through me he can work through anyone.

If God can work through me he can work through anyone.

Financial aid is a legacy and a justice due to the poor that our Lord Jesus Christ acquired for us. It is not a virtue for the rich to give to the poor - it is an simple act of justice.

God wishes all of us to be saved through Jesus the Son and to receive Him with our pure heart and our chaste body.

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.

Preach the gospel to all the world and if necessary use words

Where there is injury let me sow pardon.

We must visit churches frequently and venerate and revere the clergy - not so much for themselves if they are sinners but because of their office and administration of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

While you are proclaiming peace with your lips be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.

Blessed is the servant who loves his brother as much when he is sick and useless as when he is well and an be of service to him. And blessed is he who loves his brother as well when he is afar off as when he is by his side and who would say nothing behind his back he might not in love say before his face.

Whoever comes to you friend or foe thief or robber let them be received with kindness.

Most High glorious God enlighten the darkness of my heart and give me true faith, certain hope and perfect charity, sense and knowledge, Lord, that I might carry out Your holy and true command.

Grant me the treasure of sublime poverty: permit the distinctive sign of our order to be that it does not possess anything of its own beneath the sun for the glory of your name and that it have no other patrimony than begging.

Lord grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love.

Preach the Gospel at all times ... if necessary use words.

If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.

Every woman and every man is God the Father's wife when the faithful soul is joined to our Lord Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit.

It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.

Where there is charity and wisdom there is neither fear nor ignorance.

The deeds you do today may be the only sermon some people will hear today.

Where there is charity and wisdom there is neither fear nor ignorance. Where there is patience and humility there is neither anger nor vexation. Where there is poverty and joy there is neither greed nor avarice. Where there is peace and meditation there is neither anxiety nor doubt.

Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.

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, and where there is sadness joy.