Wednesday: Words of Wisdom

3 Apr

Who better to inspire us than St. Francis of Assisi who devoted his life to his faith and the poor? His words can inspire people from all faiths and walks of life. I have a statue of St. Francis in my back yard. It was a gift from my mother many years ago, and always reminds me of the true spirit of love, humility and kindness. May we all know the joy of working with our hands, our heads and our hearts.

(CNN) — St. Francis of Assisi, after whom Pope Francis has taken his name, captures the spirit of many Catholics because church history regards him as the pre-eminent figure passionate about imitating Christ’s life.
He is known also as a patron saint of Italy, the founder of the Franciscan order of the Friars Minor, an admirer of nature and a servant to poor and destitute. The brown robe of the Franciscans is iconic.

Jorge Bergoglio is the first pontiff from Latin America and the first pontiff to adopt the name of Francis — the name of the rich young man from Assisi who renounced wealth and founded the Franciscan order of friars in 1290.

St. Francis of Assisi is known as the patron saint of animals and the environment.

St. Francis cared for the poor and sick, preached sermons to animals, and praised all creatures as brothers and sisters under God.

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“True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice.”
― St. 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.”
― St. Francis of Assisi

“Lord, grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change,
he courage to change the things I can,
and the wisdom to know the difference.”
― St. Francis of Assisi

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5 Responses to “Wednesday: Words of Wisdom”

  1. feelingjoy April 4, 2013 at 12:53 am #

    Thank you Toni for these quotes and prayers from St. Francis of Assisi. I bought a used copy of A Course In Miracles about six years ago and someone left a card in the book with a prayer by St. Francis of Assisi – “O most high, glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart and give me a right faith, a certain hope and a perfect love, understanding and knowledge, that I may carry out Your holy and true command.” I was persistent in saying this prayer for some time. We can learn much from the many saints that walked this earth. I use to think they were all perfect until I learned some went through trying and tough times. I have a few books on some of them that I plan to read.

    • Toni April 4, 2013 at 1:07 am #

      There were a lot of people who walked the earth that were not recognized as saints, and probably were very much saints. We can learn from the good deeds and words of them all.

  2. segmation April 4, 2013 at 1:20 am #

    Where did you find these St. Francis of Assisi quotes! So many, thanks for sharing.

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