Saint for the Day - October 4 - St. Francis of
St. Francis, the son of
a merchant of Assisi, was born in that city in 1182.
Chosen by God to be a living manifestation to the
world of Christ's poor and suffering life on earth,
he was early inspired with a high esteem and burning
love of poverty and humiliation. The thought of the
Man of Sorrows, Who had not where to lay His head,
filled him with holy envy of the poor, and
constrained him to renounce the wealth and worldly
station which he abhorred. The scorn and hard usage
which he met with from his father and townsmen when
he appeared among them in the garb of poverty were
delightful to him. "Now," he exclaimed, "I can say
truly, 'Our Father Who art in heaven.'" But divine
love burned in him too mightily not to kindle like
desires in other hearts. Many joined themselves to
him, and were constituted by Pope Innocent III. into
a religious Order, which spread rapidly throughout
St. Francis, after visiting the East in the vain
quest of martyrdom, spent his life like his Divine
Masterónow in preaching to the multitudes, now amid
desert solitudes in fasting and contemplation.
During one of these retreats he received on his
hands, feet, and side the print of the five bleeding
wounds of Jesus. With the cry, "Welcome, sister
Death," he passed to the glory of his God October 4,
Saint for the Day - St. Francis of Assisi
Read about the Saint for today - October 4 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
"My God and my all," St.
Francisí constant prayer,
explains both his poverty and
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