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Saint Francis of Assisi, O.F.M.
Co-patron of Italy, founder of the Seraphic Order

The Stigmata of Saint Francis
by Bartolomeo della Gatta, tempera on wood circa 1487
Religious, deacon, confessor
stigmatist and religious founder
Born Giovanni di Bernardone
1181 or 1182
Assisi, Duchy of Spoleto, Holy Roman Empire
Died 3 October 1226 (aged 44 or 45 years old)
Assisi, Umbria, Papal States[1]
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Anglican Communion
Lutheran Church
Old Catholic Church
Canonized 16 July 1228, Assisi, Italy by Pope Gregory IX
Major shrine Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi
Feast 4 October
Attributes Tau cross, dove, birds, animals, wolf at feet, Pax et Bonum,
Poor Franciscan habit, stigmata
Patronage animals; the environment; Italy; merchants; stowaways;[2] Cub Scouts; San Francisco, California, Naga City, Cebu, tapestry workers[3]

Holy poverty confounds cupidity and avarice and the cares of this world.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.
Men lose all the material things they leave behind them in this world, but they carry with them the reward of their charity and the alms they give. For these, they will receive from the Lord the reward and recompense they deserve.
Francis of Assisi
It is not fitting, when one is in God's service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.
Francis of Assisi
While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.
Francis of Assisi
I am the herald of the Great King.
Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.
Francis of Assisi
Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
Francis of Assisi
Holy wisdom confounds Satan and all his wickednesses.
Praised be You, my Lord, with all Your creatures, especially Sir Brother Sun, Who is the day through whom You give us light. And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendour; of You, Most High, he bears the likeness.
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We must not be wise and prudent according to the flesh. Rather, we must be simple, humble and pure.
Francis of Assisi
If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.
Holy charity confounds all diabolical and fleshly temptations and all fleshly fears.
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Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Francis of Assisi
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.
Francis of Assisi
Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance.
Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Fire, through whom You light the night, and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.
Francis of Assisi
We should never desire to be over others. Instead, we ought to be servants who are submissive to every human being for God's sake.
Francis of Assisi
No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves.
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It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.
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Where there is injury let me sow pardon.
For it is in giving that we receive.
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.
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Pure, holy simplicity confounds all the wisdom of this world and the wisdom of the flesh.
Francis of Assisi
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars; in the heavens, you have made them bright, precious and fair.
Francis of Assisi
A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.
Great and glorious God, and Thou Lord Jesus, I pray you shed abroad your light in the darkness of my mind. Be found of me, Lord, so that in all things I may act only in accordance with Thy holy will.
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Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, producing varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.
Francis of Assisi
Woe to those who die in mortal sin!
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.
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Holy humility confounds pride and all the men of this world and all things that are in the world.
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The Father willed that his blessed and glorious Son, whom he gave to us and who was born for us, should through his own blood offer himself as a sacrificial victim on the altar of the cross. This was to be done not for himself through whom all things were made, but for our sins.
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